Job Search – Planning Your Day
Wendy Smith is a Career, Life and Business Coach and Life Coach helping helping clients improve quality of life as well as being successful at work and at home.
I advise my unemployed job search clients to treat job seeking as a full time occupation. They need a job search timetable for their working day. Sometimes, this can be quite hard to come to terms with, particularly if you are in a partnership with childcare responsibilities. Being the one at home is often seen as an opportunity for you to take more responsibility for domestic chores, picking up the kids from school etc. But successful job search does require a big investment of your time.
Establish your new job search routine
If you are used to working “conventional” office hours then those are the hours I would recommend you commit to looking for work. Establish a new working routine within those hours. In broad terms you have five main tasks,
- Making yourself a good candidate
- Finding opportunities
- Applying for them
- Going through the recruitment process
- Maintaining your confidence and self belief
Recognising these five tasks can help you to think through how to structure your time effectively.
You should, for example, spend at least part of each day checking for new vacancies. That is better done fairly early in the day. It is wise to spend at least part of the day managing your networking campaign – identifying possibilities, preparing to talk to people etc. You might want to dedicate a particular day, or days, in the week for meeting people to save on travel expenses etc.
Spend part of each day on research and learning. Read everything you can get
your hands on about job search in the current market and what recruiters are saying on sites like LinkedIn. Not all advice will be wise, nor will it all apply to you, but, it is all worth at least scanning for new tips.
Research your sector thoroughly, the very latest developments and who the key players are. When you have a vacancy in sight, thoroughly research the organisation and their senior people.
If you have some money to invest, then think about using it to update your skills or for coaching to give you the edge in a competitive market.
Keep in mind
Remember that staying healthy and confident matters too. Take some time each day to exercise and to get some fresh air.
Work on recognising your own competence and remembering the successes you have had already. That isn’t only so that you can tell your success stories to potential employers. They are also a great boost to your self-confidence.
With commitment and organisation, your job search is far more likely to be a success.
If you need help preparing your job search strategy, please get in touch. Remember I offer a trial free half hour coaching session by phone or Skype.
I wish all those starting out on, or a continuing, a job search right now every success and if I can help, please get in touch.
Wendy Smith is a career, life and business coach with depth of experience in management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with the life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact Wendy at firstname.lastname@example.org or find out more here