By now you should realize that looking for that next step in your career can feel like a full time job all on its own. If you are unemployed and looking then you can really throw yourself into the whole process with abandon. But what if you are still working? Spending and additional 15-20 hours a week on the job hunt can feel impossible after putting in 40+ hours at your current job.
This is where extreme time management come into play. Want to know the number one productivity hack that can both save you time, and keep you on track?
A To Do list
Seriously, as simple as this is, it is extremely important. Trying to take on a job hunt while employed, without robust to do list, is like trying to save for a new car without a budget. It will happen in fits and starts and take twice as long. But don’t just start writing up a list; thinking about what you need to accomplish is just as important as writing it down.
The key to creating a good job search to do list is to make it detailed and hierarchical. Whether you do this digitally in the latest and greatest app, or on a napkin, really doesn’t matter, as long as you do it.
What goes on your to do list? Here is a sample day for a sales professional-
-skim through recent posts on Pulse
-share one good article as an update, make sure to tag author
-engage in job seeker & sales professional groups (at least 2 comments each)
-send connection inmails to 3 job leads
-Scan recent postings in LinkedIn & Indeed
-Tag 3 positions to apply to
-Google each of the 3 openings. Find the following:
+brief company history/outlook
+names of senior people to connect with on social media
+job openings listed on their own site
-Tweak resume for each opening
Does this list look too intimidating? To some who have been job seeking without any structure it can be. But remember, these are the steps you need to take in order to get a new job. You should of course feel free to tweak it to match your exact needs, but the broad outline should stay roughly the same. If you are currently unemployed, look at this as a daily to do list. If you are looking while still employed, then try to get through the list 2-3 times a week.
Something as simple as a list can make the difference between feeling adrift in your search and feeling like you’re following a plan. And a plan is always better.