It’s critical to manage your time during your job search. Searching for a new position can be a full-time job, but what’s the most effective way to manage your energy and time? For most professionals seeking a job, the goal is to find the best opportunity quickly, but it can be difficult to implement this plan every day. To make the most of your valuable time, learn how to expedite the process so that you can stop searching and start working.
Make A Plan
First and foremost, make a plan. Think about all the ways that you could get hired, and brainstorm different avenues of finding a job. Include a list of potential target companies to research, recruiters to contact, websites to visit, contacts you could use, job fairs, online job boards, and industry events to attend. Once you’ve made your list, follow through consistently to keep opening up new avenues and job possibilities.
Balance Quantity and Quality of Applications
Honestly assess your skills and qualifications and only apply to those positions that are right for you. Fight the urge to apply to any and all job postings you find. Instead, target those that best align with your qualifications, and focus on creating a good balance of quantity and quality of your applications.
Lastly, maintain focus on your job search activities. Don’t get lured into watching TV or surfing the internet when you’re supposed to be working on your job search. A great way to keep yourself on track is to schedule your job search activities during regular “work hours”. This way you will maintain a normal schedule that will keep you productive and concentrated on your job search. Work with purpose and intention, and be conscious of your goal in every activity you do. Having clarity about what you need to accomplish will help you maintain focus.
Take A Break
Having said all this, I recognize that searching for the right position can be emotionally draining, so be sure to incorporate small things into your schedule that will lift your spirits. Take some time to volunteer or spend time with a friend. These small things will give you the motivation and momentum to push through and keep going until you find that great job.
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