Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Tick Tock Trap: Why the Unemployed Must Manage Time for Job Search Success

By Susan Pines, Shy Job Seeker Blog 

Tick Top Trap: Manage Time for Job Search Success [Shy Job Seeker Blog]
Manage your time for job search success!
If you are unemployed, managing your time may not be a priority. After all, your time isn’t consumed by a job and everything that goes along with it: dressing for work, packing up your electronics and other items, and commuting. For many people, even a normal 8-hour workday can take 10 or 12 or more hours when you add up all the tasks needed to get to work and back. So without a job, why worry about time? You may feel you have hours and hours to spare.

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. 
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
Remember, the clock for getting rehired is ticking! Use evenings and weekends for your quiet time and for your introverted pursuits. But structure the work day to get back to work as soon as possible.

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