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Managing Your Time When Job Hunting

Managing Your Time When Job Hunting

Like any activity that you need to devote significant amounts of time to, job hunting requires a degree of organization and in particular, time management, to ensure you get maximum benefit from the time you invest in it.

Some basic time management tips can make all the difference to your job hunt, so here's a few to get you started.

Divide your day into time slots.
One of the most effective things you can do is to divide up your day, allowing you to concentrate on different activities for prolonged periods without distraction. For example, you could devote an hour or two every morning to hunting for new job vacancies and adverts, possibly posted just the day before to get you ahead of other applicants. Limiting the time you take to do this will ensure you don't build up too big a workload for the next phase, which could be putting applications, CVs and cover letters together.

During any job hunt, it's easy to get bogged down in one single activity, but dividing your day into time slots and sticking to it, makes sure you get different tasks done at regular intervals and that you make time to do all of the things you need to.

Understand your own productive periods.
Understanding yourself and how you work at different times of the day or week is hugely important when you're job hunting. Some people are more productive in the early morning, or in the afternoons for example. Take some time to figure out when you feel most able to work hard, most able to think clearly, and design your day to suit. Place the time slots you came up with in productive parts of the day for you, depending upon what you need to do and what you know about your own abilities or motivation at that time of day.

For example, if you don't feel you're a morning person, you could devote this time to research; reading about companies you're targeting in your job hunt or looking at news articles to find companies that might be recruiting.
If you find you're more productive in the afternoon, you could spend this time writing your applications, cover letters and CVs, when you know you'll be more inclined to think clearly and be on top of your game, allowing you to get through the large amount of work that applying for jobs can be.

A big part of conducting a successful job search is understanding basic truths about yourself. Managing your time and your own productivity is vital in ensuring your job hunting is giving you the best chance to land those all-important interviews.

Use your down-time productively.
At various times in your job hunt, you'll feel there's nothing you need to do. No new jobs have appeared for a day or two and you've followed up as many times as you think is reasonable for now with hiring managers and recruiters.
This doesn't mean you have nothing to do though. The job hunt never stops - only changes direction. You can still use the time productively to boost your job hunt. Take a look at the CV versions you have and figure out if there's a particular role that you'd like to apply for. If so, you can take an existing CV and start to tailor it for that kind of role, changing the emphasis from your existing experience to make aspects of your previous roles more visible and relevant for the new role. Store the CV so you've got it to hand should you find a vacancy for a similar role in your job hunt over the coming days or weeks.

There are a lot more time management techniques you can apply. Most time management techniques you find in the workplace can be used effectively in a job hunt like using lists, prioritising tasks and shutting out distraction. See what suits you and you could be boosting your job hunt with the minimum of effort.

Article Added: 09/01/2015

Posted By: Paul Docherty