At about 2:30pm on Sunday I was offered a job as a pizza delivery driver. The previous Saturday my wife and I decided that a second job would be just what we needed to achieve our financial goals. That day I drove to about 10 different pizza places and called about 15 within a 10 mile radius. On the same day I had one interview who said he might have a position available in a week. 6 days since the beginning of my search, I was offered that very job. 8 days from the beginning of my pursuit I was put on the schedule to begin working.
I have learned over the past few years that I need to be proactive, not reactive. This means that if I want something, I am responsible to make it happen and nobody else. Is there something that you want in life and have yet to get it? If so, start with whatever that goal is and work backwards.
This is how I got a second job fast:
Goal: Get a second job that pays well, for a short period time.
Decision: Get a pizza delivery job for 1-3 days a week.
Game plan: Contact as many pizza delivery places within a 10 mile radius
Result: Out of about 15 pizza joints, 2 were hiring. I received offers to work at both and chose 1. This happened within 8 days of setting my goal.
You too can apply this same formula to your goals and you have a good chance of this working for you as well. Please keep in mind that this is not a career move and that I am doing this to increase our income so that we can pay off debt faster. I realize that if you are looking for a career position that it may not be this easy, however, if you apply these principles you may get the job sooner than expected.
By the way, if you have been unemployed for some time, I highly recommend finding a pizza gig as soon as possible. The beauty of this job is that you generally work nights and this will allow you the flexibility to look for career positions and interview during the day. Happy hunting!