Job Search – Planning Your Day
Wendy is a Career and Life Coach helping you find fresh perspectives on life and your career. She is the author of The WiseWolf Job Search Pocket Book – find
Job Search – Planning Your Day – I advise my unemployed clients to treat job seeking as a full time occupation. 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 to take a more responsibility for covering the domestic chores, picking up the kids from school etc. But successful job search does require a big investment of your time.
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
Job Search – Planning Your Day – 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 organization 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.
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 organization, 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.
Wendy Smith is a Career Coach and Life Coach helping you find fresh perspectives on life and your career. Need help finding work, with problems at work, at home or with relationships? Book your free 30 minute, no obligation, trial coaching session with Wendy Smith now at this Link
Resources to help your job search
In the job market, there are always lots of useful techniques to learn or to refresh. From writing a modern CV to wooing at the interview, you’ll find lots of tips in my handy little pocket-book.
A concise and practical little work book, it is for all who have the courage to go out and learn the new skills necessary to find a job now.
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Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in organisational development, 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 life’s more challenging personal issues.