Are You Using Your “Job Search” Time Wisely?

Or – Are You Wasting A Lot of Time Spinning Your Wheels?

Learn how to eliminate time wasters

When I talk with people looking for jobs, many complain that it is taking so long and that they spend more time than they would like on non-job searching activities. If this is you, I want to give you some tips to eliminate time wasters as you conduct your job search.

 

 

  1. Designate an “office” for your job search. I recommend a plastic file box with a snap-on lid, but it could be something as simple as a milk crate. Also, make sure you have a specific physical space with computer, phone, and supplies where you can work.
  2. Make a file for each company you explore.  This should include the resume and cover letter you sent, the job posting, contact names and referral source – anything you know about that company.
  3. Check your email only at certain times each day.  It’s easy to lose focus on what you need to do and to waste time with email. I recommend checking it first thing in the morning and maybe about 1:00 in the afternoon. Spend your time on functions that are more important – like researching companies where you would like to work.
  4. Keep your files close at hand.  Make sure you can access all necessary information about a company when a hiring manager calls. You cannot afford to rely on what you “remember” about the opportunity; rather – you must recognize and respond to with with genuine interest!
  5. Set your goals each week for what you will accomplish and post them where you can see them.  How many resumes will you send? Which companies will you research? Which networking events will you attend? Who will you call on this week? Identify the elements of your job search and quantify them. Only then will you know if you are making progress.
  6. Just say “no”!  To your neighbor, friend, or spouse who things that as long as you’re not working … you can paint the living room, babysit the neighbor’s kids, or hang out and watch TV. Tips for saying no: (a) Stop, listen, and give your full attention to the request; (b) Say “no” right away, politely, but firmly – but don’t build false hope; (c) State your need to focus on your job search; (d) Refrain from making excuses since this only annoys people.
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