I am honored to be part of Career Collective, a community of extremely talented resume writers and career coaches. This post is one of many responses to “heating up your job search".
When do you feel you need to put the pedal to the metal and zoom into full speed? When are you going to treat your job search as a sprint? Summer is almost here and it is tempting to take some time off. DON'T!
Summer can be one of the best times to network and catch people at work. In order to make the most of your time and efforts and to be able to feel productive, you'll want to think about deploying some of these strategies.
ACT WITH A SENSE OF URGENCY
Sure, we all say we want a job soon. How soon is the question. Self impose deadlines for activities such as setting up specific networking meetings, followup after an interview or meeting, increasing your LinkedIn connections or adding more target companies to your list. Assigning a "due date" to every task can hold you accountable. It also can provide a greater sense of ownership. Let's face it, it is so easy to say, "well, she never called me back" or "I've been meaning to contact him, I've just been so busy". No more excuses. Figure out a way to meet your deadlines, just like you had to do at work.
If you are looking for a list of job search activities that need deadlines, check this out.
MANAGE YOUR TIME
Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People discusses the 4 quadrants of time management. Read the chapter "First Things First" to learn more. The goal is to disperse your time appropriately. I like this model because it helps us see where you SHOULD be spending more time (quadrants 1 & II), however, we get lured into quadrants III & IV way too often.
This isn't a paid vacation. Keep yourself moving forward. Do things that challenge you and feel uncomfortable. Set your plan into action and work it. Or as the Nike motto says: "Just Do It". Back in November when the government was adding extensions to unemployment benefits I wrote this post: Are You Determined to Get A Job or Ride Out Unemployment.
You have what it takes to survive. This is just a small test and chances are very good that you will get a job sooner or later. Hopefully sooner.
Don't miss the expert advice below!
Heating up the Job Search-How to Stay Motivated During the Summer, @erinkennedycprw
Cool Job Seekers Heat Up Their Search in the Summer, @barbarasafani
Some assembly required, @DawnBugni
9 Ways to Heat Up Your Job Search This Summer, @heatherhuhman
Getting Out From Under Chronic, @WorkWithIllness
Upping Your Job Search Flame; Be 'Needed, Not Needy,' @ValueIntoWords
Is Your Career Trapped in the Matrix? @WalterAkana
Put some sizzle in your job hunt – how to find a job now, @keppie_careers
Summertime – and the Job Search Ain't Easy, @KCCareerCoach
Hot Tips for a Summer Job Search, @MartinBuckland @EliteResumes
Heat Up Your Job Search: Avoid Job Boards, @JobHuntOrg
Treasure Hunt—Yo-ho-ho! Heat Up Your Job Search, @resumeservice