By Susan Pines, Shy Job Seeker Blog
|Manage your time for job search success!|
Well, without a time-management plan, the hours you should spend job searching can get gobbled up by errands, chores, TV, video games, the Internet, and naps. As an introverted or shy individual, you most likely enjoy time to yourself and, in fact, need lots of quiet time to recharge. So having endless time to yourself can be especially appealing. If you live alone or if others in your household are at work and school, you can read, journal, think, sip tea, and meditate for hours—all wonderfully refreshing activities for introverts. But beware of lulling yourself into a comfortable time-wasting pattern if you want to get reemployed. Remember the clock is ticking from the moment you become unemployed; research shows that employers shun job seekers who are out of work for a long time.
Here are 3 tips to consider for making the most of your day and for getting hired sooner rather than later.
- Don't delay. Start vigorously looking for a job as soon as you become unemployed. Today's average job search takes a long time, so procrastination or half-hearted job seeking will stretch finances, diminish job skills and soft skills, weaken your network, and bring great frustration.
- Stay focused on your number one job. Your main job is to get hired. Create a daily job search schedule and protect it from distractions and intrusions. It also helps to be accountable to someone for your job search time, effort, and results.
- Be proactive. Use workday hours to network, to contact employers of interest, to attend professional association meetings, to research opportunities, to practice interviewing, to volunteer, to participate in a job club, to follow up on job leads, and to improve work skills and job search skills. Focus on these active job hunt methods, and not just on applying for jobs online.
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