April is here which means a little spring cleaning is in order. How long has it been since you’ve polished your approach to a land new job? Let’s blow the dust off your career dreams and have a look at 5 spring cleaning tips for your job search.
Start with the end in mind.
Take the time to think about what kind of job you’re targeting. What job title, functional roles, and industry are you interested in? Any specific companies you’d like to work for? If your ideal job was available, how would you describe it?
Take time to organize your job search.
Outline a strategy ( check out my Guide to Creating a 30-60-90 Day Plan for a New Job) and then use your plan to create a weekly list of activities.
Create a schedule each day for your job search activities.
Make a list each day of the activities you want to complete. However, if an interview or networking opportunity comes up, of course, you will rearrange your schedule to fit it in!
Set aside a workspace for your job search.
Designate a specific area to use when conducting your job search. This should be an area free of distractions.
Devote sufficient time to your job search.
The more time and energy you devote to your job search, and the more aggressively you network, the faster your job search will proceed. If you are not currently working, commit yourself to a minimum of 40 hours per week devoted to your search campaign. If you are currently working, devote 15-20 hours per week at a minimum.
Spring brings with it both newness and renewal. It’s the perfect time to take stock and determine what newness and renewal you might bring to your job search. Take the time to clean out any old, tired strategies and spring right into your next position.
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