Simplify Your Life and Your Job Search

Are you stuck in a job you don’t like?  Maybe it’s something you fell into after college because you needed SOMETHING and weren’t planning on sticking around?  Or life’s thrown some other priorities at you- kids, parents, debt- and you just can’t seem to find the time to job search?  Job searching does take time, sometimes LOTS of time, and it’s an easy thing to put off when you’ve got a reliable, albeit unlikable, gig already.

So how can you break your “no time” excuse and find the job you’ve been dreaming about? 

THE LONG STORY:

  1. Set aside time.  I’m talking 10 minutes to start- you’ve got 10 minutes, don’t you?  On your lunch break, in the morning before the kids get up, at night after dinner- there has GOT to be 10 minutes in your schedule. 
  2. Use that 10 minutes to set up Job Search Alerts on these job sites: www.simplyhired.com, www.indeed.com and www.hound.com.  What’s a Job Search Agent?  It’s a function that allows you to sign up for a free account with a job search website, tell that website exactly what you’re looking for, and then go about your business while that site finds and e-mails you jobs that match your criteria.  And why those 3 websites?  They are meta search sites, so they search ALL other websites to find what you’re looking for, and compile the results in a neat list for you.  See my first post for more details on meta searches.
  3. Follow up on Job Search Agent e-mails and actually APPLY to those jobs.  You’d be amazed how much time you find in your schedule when employers start calling to schedule interviews!  BUT you don’t get interviews if you don’t apply.
  4. With another 10 minute moment, sign up for a free account on www.linkedin.comYour profile on LinkedIn connects you with lots of networking contacts AND usually comes up first in a google search for your name.  It’s an easy way to get positive recognition on the web.  And YES, employers are googling you as they decide whether or not to consider your application. 

THE SHORT STORY:  If you just can’t seem to find the time to job search, you will never build  momentum for your professional success.  It takes 10 minutes to begin building momentum.  10 MINUTES!!!  An object in motion stays in motion, unless acted upon by an outside force, right?  Sometimes that “outside” force is actually IN your head.  There’s only one way to get over your excuses- take the plunge.  10 minutes.  Momentous results.