Top Time Management Tips for Job Seekers
No matter your employment status, you need to use your time wisely while looking for a new job. If you believe you aren’t being as productive as you would like to be, alter your time management strategy for a more effective use of time. Here are some best practices to help.
Only Apply to Relevant Positions
- It’s not in your best interest to apply to every open listing you find. There are a few things to feel out. Make sure you feel confident you would enjoy working at the company you’re applying to.
- Read the job description and ensure you would not feel overqualified if working the job day-to-day.
- On the flip side, ensure you’re not applying to jobs you’re completely unqualified for. A high level of discretion will ultimately help you by not wasting your or the hiring manager’s time.
Establish Time Management Goals
When reevaluating your time management system, it’s important to create realistic goals. For example, you don’t want to set a goal of having a new job by a certain date, because if that date passes, you’ll feel discouraged. Instead, focus on what you can achieve that’s within your control, such as setting a goal to apply for a certain number of jobs per week. It’s realistic and in your control.
Adapt Your Time Management Habits
Lastly, be aware of what’s working and what’s not. If you’re not hearing back from employers, it could be a sign your resume needs some tweaking. You’re wasting time by continuing an ineffective strategy. It could also be a sign you’re applying to the wrong type of position, so take every factor into consideration. In these cases, it can be a good idea to have someone else read your applications so that you get an outside perspective on what may need to be altered.
While you hope to get a new job fast, it’s important to understand that the job search may take some time. Let Addison Group do the work for you! For more than 20 years, we’ve connected candidates with jobs that match their career goals. Check out our open roles or reach out to learn more!