Job Search Organization Part Two – Time Management

Looking for work is hard work.  This is especially true given the various tasks involved.  These include creating an accomplishment based resume, cover letter templates, social media profiles and marketing plans. It’s no wonder some of us procrastinate. 

Yura Fresh

Then there are the activities involved in job search. Networking, sourcing job leads, interviewing and negotiating. These take up time in preparation and execution with no guarantee of a job offer.

Procrastination can take many forms, for example, getting stuff done around the house, surfing the web for endless hours, playing games on your iPhone and many other diversions from what we really need to be doing. I tend to procrastinate writing assignments like this blog.  This is because it’s not easy for me to write.  I have to think and select my words wisely.

J. Kelly Brito

The following tips may help you:

  • Have a list of goals you want to accomplish for the week. Break those goals down into daily tasks. And then do the hardest thing first at the start of your day. 
  • Decide on some kind of reward for yourself once you have accomplished a certain number of your tasks. 
  • If you really are not succeeding on your own, find a partner or career consultant to help you with accountability.
  • Anyone will tell you, get a good rest, drink lots of water, move your body and eat a healthy breakfast.  These activities will help your brain and keep you energized.
  • Plan to put in between 30 and 35 hours per week on your job search.  Make sure to take a break on the weekend to recharge your batteries and remember how fun life can be.
  • Keep of log of your job search activities.  This is important for a number of reasons, not the least of which, you can evaluate what worked well for you from a job search and time management standpoint.
  • Know that there may be an emotional component to your lack of time management.  It might benefit you to take stock of your entire career.  What is something you need to let go of?  What might you need to process so you can move forward?  Sometimes you need outside help.
  • Plan small rewards as you complete your various weekly goals. Once you land a job, plan some kind of celebration for all your hard work.

There is no such thing as time management, there is only self-management.
Rory Vaden

What has worked for you if you have experienced job search procrastination?  

By Aly Anliker, 503-891-1108,

Aly is a creative organizational and career consultant with over extensive experience in Training Management, Executive Coaching and Instructional Design. She has a background in Human Resources and Marketing and has worked in a variety of industries including telecommunications, high technology, manufacturing and non-profit.

In her work with career clients, Aly is passionate about brand identity including the resume and what makes people unique in the world of work.

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