How to Create a Job Search Schedule

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Whether you were laid off, fired or simply decided to leave your job you need to create a schedule of what you are going to do and how to accommodate your game plan. Here’s how you get the ball rolling

Plan your week

Some say that finding a job is similar to a full time job and in many respects it is. You need to look at each week as an opportunity to getting closer to achieving your aim of getting a job. That’s why you need to divide the next 7 days into sections of what you are going to do and accomplish. For example, on Monday you might want to dedicate yourself to updating your resume and cover letter. As well as taking some time to looking who is hiring locally.

Pick what’s important

It’s easy to get sidetracked with career workshops or even blindly sending out resumes. Write down your goals: like the job you can get immediately that fit your skills and experience. However, if you want to upgrade your skills or perhaps head back to school you have have to consider many other factors like money for tuition and getting a job that can pay the bills now.

Finding a balance

If you feel a bit overwhelmed the first week don’t worry look at it as a building block in your job search. Do the tasks that are important like resume edit and apply to a few places. Create a list of companies you want to do information interviews. The first week is where you can put your feelers out and discover and explore what tasks you see strong results.

Keeping organized

As your job search progresses it is essential to keep organized. Create spreadsheets with leads you have contacted as well as employment centres in your community with workshops and programs they offer. Keep everything updated on your end!

Building a Schedule

One excellent way of getting a schedule started is by simply writing one out. Open a fresh calender file on your laptop and start with a simple 9 to 5 work day. Type out what you think you might be doing each hour with those 8 hours Monday to Friday. This will give you a good place to start. You can adjust your schedule accordingly as interviews increase or information interviews are scheduled.

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