Thursday, August 23, 2012

Job search tip of the day: Create a job search schedule

It is important to organize your efforts and cover all your bases in job search - even more so than when you were working!  There is nothing worse than finding out about the perfect job AFTER it has been filled by someone else. You certainly don't want to miss following up with a company about a position you would really like to work for.

A schedule can help make sure you are varying your job search methods and sources as well as following up and networking. It doesn't have to be anything fancy - it can be as simple as making a list of things you need to do and sources of jobs and divvying them out over the course of the week.

Having a schedule also ensures that each day will be different and give you some relief from the non-responsiveness of your computer! It is important to write your schedule out and to refer to it the evening before and the morning you start your job search.  Have it available throughout the day to help you stay focused.

If you are somewhat easily distracted or find yourself spending more time on some tasks than others make a more specific schedule for yourself.  You may even need to tie a reward to completion of certain tasks, like making following up calls.

Make a schedule and stick to it - you will find a job before you know it! Here is a suggested schedule I give my clients to get them started:

Sunday:  Review and apply to help wanted ads online and/or in classifieds (If your local paper comes out on a different day, start this schedule from that day and change the below dates accordingly…)

Monday:  Call those ads that request a call and obtain directions/additional information for ads asking to apply in person

Tuesday: Apply in person, return calls of employers who called, attend any job development / training meetings, review job seeking skills material online/participate in groups

Wednesday:  Cold calls and practice interviewing, other job seeking skills training

Thursday:  follow up calls with any outstanding employers, work force technology job search

Friday:  Networking – Call friends and identify employers who are hiring.  Call and follow up with Staffing agencies you registered with.

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