How To Find Jobs That Are Booming Right Now

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Need to find a job quickly? The typical hiring process at many companies takes weeks—and that’s after you land the first interview. If you need a paycheck sooner rather than later, you’ll need to tailor your job search to ensure a speedier start date. 

Whether you’ve recently lost your job or you’re itching to leave your current position, there are steps you can take to accelerate the hiring process.

Here’s how to find the jobs, employers, and industries that are growing fast—and hiring faster. 

Key Takeaways

  • Target jobs that have strong occupational outlooks and companies that are engaging in hiring sprees. 
  • Use hashtags and keywords on job search sites and social media to help you find jobs quickly. 
  • Ask for help: Network, tap your alumni network, and consider hiring resume writing services, career counselors, and other professionals. 

How To Find Booming Jobs

When you’re hoping to start working right away, it pays to focus your search on jobs that are eager for applicants. 

Consider Occupational Growth

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics tracks the occupational outlook for hundreds of jobs. By looking at jobs that are predicted to grow, you can ensure that employers will be eager to receive your application. (See the end of this article for the fastest-growing jobs in the U.S. right now.) 

Educational requirements vary—and jobs that pay well are more likely to require a bachelor’s degree, certification, or other formal training to get started. 

Target Companies 

  • Glassdoor has a list of the top companies located near you. Click the company name to see reviews, jobs, salaries, and interview tips at each employer. (Current job listings are under the “jobs” tab.)  
  • Check out HelpOneBillion. There are over 500,000 current job openings from companies that want to hire quickly to fill the positions.

Use Job Sites 

Search the top job sites, using keywords for the type of job you're interested in and your location. Many companies have fast-tracked the hiring process for in-demand positions.

Consider adding #readytowork to your Indeed resume to alert employers of your immediate availability.

To find more immediate openings, search Indeed using "immediate hire" and "urgently hiring" as search terms. Add your location to find jobs near you. Search LinkedIn using hashtags like #immediatehiring, #hiringnow, and #hiring to find current openings.

Stay Active on Social Media 

Search social media using hashtags like #hiringnow and #hiring to find immediate openings. Follow your target employers on social media to learn about job openings as soon as they appear. 

Keep in mind that not every job search needs to be geared toward finding your dream job. It’s OK to look for work that keeps the lights on while you ponder longer-term opportunities. 

Tips For Speeding Up Your Job Search

Regardless of your industry or job history, you can save time when job searching by remembering a few tricks: 

Network 

The word “networking” might call to mind professional mixers and scary cold calls. But you network all the time, likely without even knowing it. Every time you talk to a friend, contact, or family member about your work, you’re forging professional connections. Let your network know that you’re looking—you may be surprised at how eager they are to help you out, especially if you’re known for lending a hand when they needed it. 

Be Flexible 

It's easier to find work when you're less set on the specifics. If you're willing to work a temp job, do contract work, or move to a new industry or town, you'll have a much wider range of possibilities. 

Use Temp Agencies and Headhunters

These organizations need workers just as much—if not more—than you need a job. Tap staffing agencies, headhunters, and recruiters and get your resume out there. Remember that they earn money when they place you, so they’ll be enthusiastic about helping you get hired. 

Get Help 

Don’t go it alone. Consider hiring resume services or career counselors. If you attended college, talk to your college career counselors. (Typically, they’re willing to help alumni long after graduation.) Ask friends and family to proofread your resume, recommend you to hiring managers, and help you practice interviewing. 

Jobs That Are Growing Fast

Looking for a new job—or thinking about changing careers entirely? One of these positions might be a good fit. These 10 occupations are among those projected to add the most jobs over the next decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Home Health Aide

As the population ages, home health and personal care aides continue to be in high demand. These workers help patients with daily activities like bathing, dressing, and basic housekeeping tasks. They may also drive clients to appointments, help them with grocery shopping, or prepare meals. 

Fast Food Worker

Fast food workers take orders, serve food and drinks, clean and maintain kitchen and dining areas, and perform other tasks as needed. These jobs may require early morning hours and are subject to irregular schedules.

Software Developer

A rare booming job with a six-figure salary, software developers design, improve, and test software programs and applications. This job may require a bachelor’s degree, although some developers can get started with a few courses or a bootcamp.

Registered Nurse

Registered nurses provide patient care, administer medications, change dressings, and educate patients about their conditions and treatments. This job typically requires a bachelor’s degree, as well as licensure and continuing education. However, once you make that investment, you’ll have a lot of flexibility. Nurses can work full-time, part-time, per diem, or as travel nurses for increased pay.

Driver 

Love driving and need a lot of flexibility in your work schedule? Consider a gig as a rideshare or delivery driver. Depending on the service, you can get started in a few days. Just remember to check with your insurance company—you may need to change your policy to cover driving as a job.

Bartender

Bartenders can train on the job or through a bartending school or community college course. This job requires late nights and irregular shifts but offers decent earning potential via tips. Note that your pay will vary depending on where you work, and which shifts you land. High-end establishments will offer higher-paying clientele. 

Security Guard

Security guards protect property, customers, and staff from harm. This job requires at least a high school diploma; many states also require licensure. 

Cleaner

Maids and housekeepers work for private cleaning companies, hotels, or for themselves. This job has no educational requirements, although you will need to have good attention to detail, physical strength, and cleaning skills. 

Medical Assistant

Medical assistants perform administrative tasks in doctor’s offices, healthcare clinics, and hospitals. They also help out with clinical work like taking patient histories, measuring vital signs, and preparing lab samples. Medical assistants may learn on the job or acquire certification. 

Fitness Instructors and Trainers

Passionate about general fitness, Pilates, yoga, or another exercise-related focus? Get certified and become a fitness instructor or personal trainer. Depending on the job, you may be able to start working in your new field as an assistant while you acquire the necessary training. Some gyms train their own instructors as well.

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