Job Hunt Tips #9 – Treat it like a full time job

 28 Mar 2017

Are you currently looking for your next dream job?  Have you given up half way through applying for a couple of jobs in the past week?  Stayed up late playing your new PS4 that your wife bought you for Christmas and consequently slept in the next day?  Or have you just been watching loads of Jeremy Vine?
If you answered yes to more than one of the above questions then you might just be looking for a new job longer than you first thought.
It is easy to fall into bad habits when you don’t have to get up for work or report to a boss every day it is also completely understandable and most people would do the exact same thing.  As hard as it is to stay motivated when searching for a new job as well as writing a new CV every time, it is exactly what you must do.
You can use some of the previous tips like have a plan, attitude and networking to give you inspiration and structure for your job hunt.  If you can treat it like the full time job that it is you will find yourself unemployed for a much shorter time.  Treating the job hunt like a full time job will probably keep you happier as you will be ticking things off each day and having mini celebrations along the way.  Giving yourself a pat on the back for every application and interview that you achieve will do wonders for your motivation.
A typical job hunting week could be broken down the same way as a working week is.  You can have a start time of 9am each day and spend the first 3 hours of the day searching for different jobs that you are interested in saving them to your profile on the different job boards.  When the dinner bell goes at 12pm get away from your desk or if you chose the Library route getting out to go have your lunch somewhere different will allow you some recovery time before cracking on for the afternoon session.  At 1pm you could use the job descriptions that you saved earlier to write up an individual CV for each of the jobs before submitting them at the end of the day.
It’s a fairly simple but effective approach.  But what if there are no jobs to apply for I hear you ask? Well I would then spend time looking for networking events in your area. I would also recommend pulling together a list of recruiters in your chosen field in locations that you have identified as possibilities.  Add them to an excel spreadsheet and keep track of a last contact date and aim to call them every few weeks or if you are a contractor you could shorten this time frame.
Providing structure and targets for your new job hunt job and working in 3 hour sessions, taking time out for lunch, exercise and networking will help you build your plan into a series of habits that can only increase your chances of landing your dream job.


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