Finding a new job is not simple at the best of times, but when you have several different opportunities in the pipeline, things can get tricky.
Picture the situation: you’ve applied for your dream role, but the hiring process is moving at a snail’s pace. You’ve also applied for a role at another company and they seem to be ready to make you an offer (but it’s not your first choice).
Admittedly, there are worse situations to be in, but that doesn’t make it any easier. You don’t want to rush into a decision you may regret, but how to make a company’s hiring process move more quickly? The key is being able to manage multiple opportunities.
Here are four ways to make the most of a potentially sticky job search situation.
1. Keep multiple balls in the air
The downside of only applying for one job at a time is that you can find yourself having to decide whether to accept a job you’re not 100% sure about. It’s far better to keep your options open – and that means having multiple prospective employers in play at the same time. Even if you’re applying for your dream job, you should be on the lookout for other opportunities. Equally, if an opportunity comes your way that you weren’t expecting, it’s wise to hustle for other roles so you have something to compare a potential job offer against.
2. Be aware of timescales
Make sure you know every deadline for every stage of the process. For example, confirm the next steps at the interview and ask for an estimated timetable for when a decision will be made. Keep track of where you are in each company’s process and how quickly they need a role to be filled. Don’t forget to keep your current company in the mix – if you’ve requested a pay rise or promotion, you want to know when those decisions will be made. In doing so, you ensure you have something to compare each offer against. If your dream role is moving more slowly than the others, you’ll need to do what you can to speed that one up (or delay the others).
3. Be open about your own deadlines
If you’ve been to one interview and have others lined up, let all parties know you are actively progressing your job search. If one job appeals more than the others, let the company know it is your preferred role – it could give the process the kick-start it needs. This strategy might not be so effective when dealing with your current employer; as job searches can be seen as a lack of commitment. However, if you have a good relationship with your boss there’s no harm in letting them know you have potential opportunities coming your way.
4. Be flexible and creative with any deadline clashes
If you want the hiring process to move more quickly, there are things you can do to make this happen. For example, if a key decision maker is travelling, offer to do a video interview with them. Of if there is a query about something in your application, see if you can address any questions or concerns sooner rather than later. If you need to slow a process down, you can respond to emails at the end of the day or suggest dates for meeting in a few days’ time. Of course, if one company is keen to move quickly, you’ll have to focus on encouraging the laggards to speed up.
You care about your next job move more than anyone else, and it’s in your best interest to keep the momentum going. Remember: nothing will motivate a company more than the fear of losing out to a competitor.
If you would like to find out how to get the most out of your job search, get in touch with the team at Talent International.