The Death of Your Job Search: Complacency

Searching for a job is time consuming. Finding a job that you will enjoy and stay with will likely take even longer. However, if you aren’t currently working it is probably best if you approach your job search like you would your typical job, full time. A few hours a week won’t get you very far in the job market so if you are serious about your job search plan on putting some quality time into your efforts.

If you do decide to put in 40 hours a week here is a suggestion on how you should break your schedule down to accomplish your goals.

40% Job Searching
 – Whether you choose to look on the major job boards or the newspaper or go to job fairs you should be using the majority of your time to find the perfect opportunity. Out of the box ways of finding jobs that would also introduce some fun into your life include: Local networking events, attending Chamber of Commerce Meetings, Happy Hours near the closest business park in your area, joining a local alumni association/meetings. You can also focus on reading the career newspapers in your area, the classifieds ads, craigslist ads, or networking with local professionals you know. Remember: the more ways to get your name out in the ears of hiring managers the better.

25% Interviewing – Whether it is a phone interview or face to face interview you should be fully prepared for your interviews. Make sure everything is pressed, you’ve gotten enough sleep, you have extra copies of your resume, etc. One common mistake is that candidates for the job do not make sure they know how to get to the interview beforehand. Prepare by going by the location first, timing your route, making sure there’s no construction, and so on. A great way to kill your interview is to show up late.

15% Resume Writing – As I have mentioned in previous blogs it is essential that you format your resume and cover letter to reflect your experience as it relates to the job qualifications and requirements posted on the job order. Resume reformatting is not easy and it is easy to become dejected when you apply to so many jobs and make your resume specific for each one. However, do not underestimate the importance of this practice. Its logical to assume that if you use the same resume for every job you will likely get the same results every time.

10% Follow Up – Make sure to write thank you letters, follow up with the hiring managers, and accurately track your interview progress. Follow up is essential to know how you did, where you can improve, or if you are in contention for the position.

10% Personal Time – Use some personal time to get your mind off the job search. You know you take personal time at work so you should do it in this case as well. Common studies suggest that taken time to yourself during the workday can actually increase productivity.

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