I have written many times about how job searching is basically a job in itself. And if you happen to be unemployed while searching then it is a regular full time position requiring 30-40 hours a week. In other words, you are currently a self-employed entrepreneur. So how do you fill all those hours? This is where I recommend you start:
Network on LinkedIn. Do not stop with the occasional status update. Actively participate in groups, and try to make as many authentic connections as you can.
Pound the pavement. Go to local job fairs. Meet people at the local Chamber of Commerce breakfast. Join groups at your local library. The number of places you can go will be dictated by where you live, but there are opportunities out there if you look.
Rewrite you resume for each job opening. Let me say that one again. Rewrite your resume for every job opening. If it isn’t targeted to the position it isn’t being read. Period.
I would call these the big three, but there are other ways to work at finding a new job. Job boards, while not as powerful as they once were are still viable. Cold calling companies you are interested in can work in the right situation. Asking your personal network for leads is always an option. You get the idea. There is plenty to be done.
But if you have never worked for yourself, scheduling a “work day” like this can be intimidating. Where do you start?
One technique that has gained quite a bit of popularity lately among the entrepreneurial set is called the Pomodoro Technique. Rather than reinvent the wheel I’ll let successful entrepreneur and productivity expert Michael Hyatt explain this:
“The Pomodoro Technique is one method for batching tasks. Here’s how it works:
- Plan and prioritize the tasks that need to be completed, by writing them down.
- Set a timer for for 25 minutes and devote that time to a task, or to a group of similar tasks. Larger tasks can be broken into multiple blocks or “pomodoro’s,” and smaller tasks (responding to email, returning phone calls, etc) can be grouped into a single block. After completing each Pomodoro, you put an “X” next to it and mark the number of times that you were distracted.
- Take a 5 minute break.
- Begin another block of time or “pomodoro.”
- After completing 4 pomodoro’s, take an extended 20 minute break.”
That’s it. So if you are currently looking for that new job or career and you are feeling like you are just spinning your wheels, set up a to-do list from the above recommendations and then give the Pomodoro technique a try.
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