You only have so many hours in the day. You’ve got to sleep, eat, and walk the dog. Get the kids to soccer, spend time with friends, maybe get to the gym. So how do you plan time to land your dream job?
Most of my clients come to me after trying the “All I need is a chance to get in front of a hiring manager, then I will wing it” plan. What they write down, if anything, are generic notes related to positions they have seen on Monster or Indeed. And they generally have only taken about 60 seconds before deciding they must apply to positions they see. This job search plan has less than a 2% chance of success.
Taking the ideas you have for your job search and writing them down markedly increases your chances of success in landing your new job. It does several other things:
- Instead of an idea (which, when not written down is more of a dream or a wish), it gives you a clear framework for your focus.
- It gives you permission to take care of yourself as part of your plan.
- It reduces the guilt you might feel if you are with the family and not job hunting, or the equally uncomfortable guilt of spending all your time job hunting at the expense of your family and your own health.
If you are unemployed, you could budget up to 50 hours a week to finding a new job. If you are under-employed or currently employed, you may only have 10 to 15 hours a week to devote to your job hunt. So, the question becomes, how will you spend that time? What is your plan? What tools will you use?
Arnie Fertig wrote a great article on how to use LinkedIn while job hunting. Arnie’s 3 Ways to Search LinkedIn While Job Hunting are:
Learn about company culture, the people you may work with and connections who can make introductions.
Arnie’s ideas give you a clear roadmap. You can use this article step-by-step to capitalize on this resource. Arnie’s plan is a great way to network your way into a company using LinkedIn. As you take your job hunting ideas and commit them to writing, make sure you consider this strategy.
How you job hunt can make the difference in the time it takes to land your dream job. It can make it more or much less stressful. Spending time creating a written plan will pay off in many ways and help you make the best use of each day. This will get you in your new hire orientation sooner.
What strategies have you used to job hunt? Leave us your ideas in the comment section.
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