Job seekers often ask “How much time should I spend each day on my job search?” There is no one right answer, but suffice to say the amount of time you spend making strategic efforts directly correlates to your results. If you put in the bare minimum, such as just enough to collect unemployment insurance, you should not be surprised to see minimal results.
The old saying “Time is money” may seem irrelevant to job seekers. After all, you’re not getting paid to look for work. Yet time out of work equals lost income, so how you spend your job search time has great financial impact. Today on Troubleshooting Tuesday, a look at whether you’re spending your time on tasks with the greatest benefit to your job search success.
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Troubleshooting your job search is a sure fire way to figure out what is working, and fix what is not. But what if you’ve addressed your networking, resume, interviewing skills and more, but are not making the progress you would like? It could be your job search is stalling around how you focus your efforts. Use these questions to figure out if you need a different focus:
Interviewing is the most important phase of a job search. Few people get hired without a successful interview. Yet it’s also a place where many job seekers get stuck. On Troubleshooting Tuesday, we are moving through each phase of the job search, tackling and fixing common sticking points. If you are generating job leads, and being invited in for interviews, but not getting called for second interviews or job offers, it’s time for a deeper look at what it takes to interview successfully. This week we’ll focus on preparation for interviews. Other Troubleshooting Tuesdays will help refine communication skills and other aspects of interviewing.