Go to work, attend meetings, write reports, take classes, go to the gym, shop, take care of your family, cook, clean, and repeat! The list of things you have to do each day is endless. How can you possibly fit in
one more thing, like a job search?
Here are 3 ways to find time for a job search:
1. A little goes a long way.
You do not need to spend hours and hours on your job search. Pick a small increment of time, like 15, 10, or even 5 minutes. That’s it. Each day, work on 1 career action item for the allocated time. If you need to write your resume or update your LinkedIn profile, then set the timer for 5 minutes, and see how much you can write. If you need to check
out a job board, then pick one, and do a search and review jobs for that short period of time. Save the jobs you like, and the next day during your mini career action session, start working on the application. If you consistently spend just 10 minutes on your career each day for 1 week, Monday through Friday, that’s 50 minutes a week or 3 hours and 20 minutes each month!
2. Find an accountability partner, and set up a weekly career action session.
Find a colleague or friend in the same situation as you. Set up a time every week to meet for 1 hour to work on your
career goals. For each session, pick 1 item that you will both complete during that time. Set a timer for 60 minutes, and then get to work. At the end of the hour, review each other’s finished work, provide constructive feedback, and schedule your next career action session. Keep holding each other accountable until you reach your goal.
3. Outsource! You are only one person.
As hard as you try, you can’t do it all. Something has to give. Consider hiring a resume writer to take some of the load off you. A resume writer can work on your career documents while you take care of the hundreds of other items on your to-do list. While you go to work, shop for groceries, cook dinner, attend spin class, and plan your next fabulous vacation, someone else can write your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile.
At the end of the day, time is going to pass whether you do something or not, so why not spend it getting things done and making your career dreams a reality?
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