Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Job Seekers: Time Management is Necessary

It is no secret, looking for a job creates stress and anxiety. Learning how to organize your job search time is an important part in the process of finding a job.

In my last blog, I talked about organizing a space in your home as an office. This simple step, not only helps organize the paperwork process of finding a job, but eases some of the stress too! My blog today is going to focus on helpful tips to managing your time. These few easy steps in time management will not only help you land a job but also help in your day- to- day life too!

Here are some great ways to manage your time and making job searching a little easier.

Make a calendar: Here you should put your personal appointments as well as your job appointments that you have scheduled for the month so you have a quick and easy reference to go to when you need to schedule an interview.
o You should create two different calendar formats.
1) Desk top calendar and
2) Electronic format so that you can receive reminders on your phone or via email.

Write down all appointments: ALWAYS write down appointments you make. Everyday is filled with tons of new information and daily stresses you can’t rely on just your memory to remind you of appointments.

Schedule appointments that are in the same area on the same day: This decreases your travel load and saves gas. Remember when scheduling appointments on the same day schedule one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Setting up appointments: When asked what is the best time for you to come into an interview remember; Mondays and Fridays are not good days to schedule because these are most stressful days of the week. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays are much better days for both job seeker and employer.

Schedule extra time for an interview: If an employer says that the interview should last about an hour schedule it for two hours. Interviews vary in time. Sometimes an employer might want to show you around the company or have you meet other employees. Being able to have this extra block of time will reduce your stress so you’re not running late for other appointments.

Consider travel time: Traffic can never be predicted and you may not be familiar with where you are going.

Check your calendar daily: Making a calendar will only work if you are checking it so make sure that you check it the night before for early morning appointments and in the morning for other appointments throughout the day.

Write notes on your calendar: Writing details about an appointment on your calendar will remind you of things that you discussed. Also, use this technique to write down follow ups with employers.

Are you good at time management or are there a few things that you need to work on. Leave your comments to let others know your time management techniques.

Carly Sabato

1 comment:

Roger said...

Excellent tips Carly. Looking for a job can be overwhelming. There's resumes and cover letters to customize, interviews to be completed, all while keeping an eye on the family checkbook. Your post shows that it can be a less stressful process by managing your time and creating a plan of action.

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