When you鈥檙e ready to make a career change, the switch聽can鈥檛 come soon enough. LinkedIn speculates that it can take at least three months to make the transition, but a number of issues like common cover letter mistakes and downright awful interviews can extend your search.

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But don鈥檛 get discouraged. Two career experts tell us it鈥檚 totally possible to cut that time in half. By using less traditional methods and a little help from the Internet, it鈥檚 easier than ever to put your resume in the hands of the right people. 鈥淭echnology can give you access to information and people more quickly and accurately than ever before,鈥 Steve Dalton, the author of The 2-Hour Job Search, says. Try this tech-savvy career advice for quickly landing a new job.

6 Unconventional Ways to Quickly Land a New Job

1. Set it and forget it.聽When you鈥檝e got mad cover letters to write, scouring job boards day after day isn鈥檛 the best use of your time. There will always be new job websites to explore, but those usually distract you,鈥 Dalton says. Career consultant David Perry, the author of Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 3.0, recommends letting technology do all the heavy lifting. Sites like Indeed and SimplyHired aggregate listings from all over the web. Set up email alerts with your exact specifications 鈥 you can even include salary requirements 鈥 and let the leads come to you.

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2. Don鈥檛 stress over your personal brand.聽It鈥檚 true that having your ish together online can catch the eyes of recruiters and hiring managers, but if you鈥檙e not there yet, don鈥檛 freak. 鈥淚t鈥檚 something that won鈥檛 be a factor until you have an advocate within the organization,鈥 Dalton says. 鈥淛ob seekers only have a finite amount of time and energy to devote to their job search, and exploring brand-new technologies is not the best use of that limited time.鈥 Polish your presence on your favorite platforms and triple check for typos so you don鈥檛 embarrass yourself.

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3. Pitch your ideas to potential employers.聽Want to invent your dream job? Instead of applying to job postings, put your best ideas in front of CEOs and hiring managers. 鈥淪top telling people you鈥檙e an out-of-the-box thinker and prove it,鈥 Perry says. 鈥淐reate a job market where the only candidate is you.鈥 He advises his clients to research the needs of ten companies, then demonstrate how they can uniquely fix their problems. When they鈥檝e figured out their elevator pitch, it鈥檚 time聽to get the idea into the hands of an executive who can hire you. A quick search online can produce their email and office address.

4. Ask people out for coffee.聽Use networking tools like LinkedIn and Twitter to find and connect with people at your favorite companies. 鈥淗iring managers hire based on fit,鈥 Dalton says. 鈥淭he easiest way to demonstrate fit is to let them tell you why they鈥檙e a good fit themselves, and what steps they took to become an even better fit over time.鈥 Meeting up with strangers can be intimidating at first, but their insight can significantly improve your application, and more often than not, you鈥檒l have someone rooting for you inside the organization.

5. Upgrade your resume. 鈥Ditch your old boring black and white resume full of 鈥榬esponsible for鈥 statements,鈥 Perry says. Include testimonials from your LinkedIn profile, letters of recommendation, emails from happy customers or annual performance reviews to stand out from the crowd. Make sure your accomplishments are front and center.

6. Mail a personal note.聽If you鈥檙e not sending your application to someone鈥檚 email address, good old-fashioned snail mail can go a long way. Find the address of the company鈥檚 HR office online. Rather than forwarding your resume in a stale legal envelope, pick out a nice card. Perry explains that most people associate small, square envelopes with invitations and thank you notes. 鈥淭he employer will be smiling expectantly as he or she opens the envelope,鈥 Perry says. Begin with something simple like, 鈥淭hank you for reading my r茅sum茅!鈥

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