Looking for a job can sometimes feel like a full-time job in itself. The hours you put into your search efforts can really add up, sometimes leaving you feeling burnt out. Whether you’re currently employed and are looking for another job, or you have unexpectedly found yourself in the position of needing to find a new job immediately, anything you can do to streamline your search will make the process much easier.
Even if you’re not actively looking for a job, there are things you can be doing now that will save you time when you are ready to embark on a job search. Start by making sure to keep your resume up to date. Don’t forget about it just because you’ve got a job. As you gain experience, reach new achievements, and are promoted, take the time to go back and add these accomplishments to your resume. This will save you a lot of time when you need to have an updated resume- it will already be there ready for you.
Maintaining a professional network can also save you time during your job search. If you have been nurturing your professional relationships even when you haven’t been looking for a job, then those relationships will be there for you to lean on during your search. You won’t have to spend hours reconnecting with people and reestablishing those relationships.
As part of your professional networking, you should also have a LinkedIn profile established, up to date, and in use. This profile serves as an online resume and can be used to let others know what you’re interested in professionally, your skills and accomplishments and what you’re looking for. If you already have an active LinkedIn profile, you will be ahead of the game when it comes to your job search.
Creating a schedule is another way you can streamline the amount of time you spend on your job search. Plan out your day so you have distinct tasks to accomplish and set a timeframe for accomplishing them. This will help keep you from getting distracted or procrastinating on certain tasks, and will enable you to get them done and still have time set side for other things.
Job searches can be difficult, but the more planning you put into it and the more you do to keep your information up to date and ready to use, the better off you will be. Following these tips will help save you time and give you a head start on your search.