Manage Your Time When You’re Out Looking for Work
The more time you have, the more difficult it can be to manage all of it. When all of a sudden, you have no schedule or structure, what do you do? It can almost feel like a free fall. Here are some tips.
Looking for a job is a job in itself. So, schedule spending 35-40 hours per week doing just that. Go ahead and devote some time to reviewing the online job boards but perhaps not more than a couple of hours per week. Any more than that, and you are probably spinning your wheels.
Do participate in a couple of job support groups. It gives you an opportunity to brainstorm and share ideas and contacts with kindred souls. Plus, it will force you to stay on target and discipline yourself to do the difficult tasks involved with a job search. Why? When you attend, it’s very likely, that your fellow job seekers will be discussing what they did during the prior week. So, accept the pressure and be prepared to discuss your job search accomplishments.
Consider doing contract or temp work. It’s money in your pocket. You make contacts and it may even be an opportunity to land a permanent job.
Try volunteer work. Helping others can help you take your mind off yourself. Plus, it can even lead to a job as well. I know of a job seeker who spent over a year helping others at a local workforce center. She ultimately landed the perfect job right there. She knew them and they knew her.
Allow yourself some time for relaxation and entertainment. Take a break. Go to a movie. Go for a walk. Read a book.
Get out of the house. Use the computers at your neighborhood. Or, take your laptop to your favorite coffee shop. Just don’t stay home. It’s good to be around people even if they’re strangers.
Above all, establish a routine to use your time (all 168 hours per week) wisely.