6 Tips For A Productive Job Search
Updated: Aug 10, 2022
Have you been feeling unproductive during your job search? Well you’re not alone, many face struggles when looking for a job and there are several factors that can affect your levels of productivity. So we’ve come up with a list of things you can do to boost your productivity to ensure that you’re maximising your time spent job searching.
1. Research, Research, Research!
We can’t stress enough how important it is to conduct research when job searching - research will provide you with a clearer sense of direction. You can start by looking at a variety of different industries that interest you and making a list of your top 3 career options. This way you’ll always have a back up plan if your first choice doesn't go to plan.
Once you’ve identified your career options, you should look at the different job roles that exist within these options. If this is something that you need help with, try out our Career Detector, which will provide you not only different job roles, but also salaries and a description of what each role entails.
If you’ve found a role that you’re already interested in and want to apply, then you should have a look at our article detailing 5 Things You Should Consider Before Applying For That Job.
2. Schedule Time For Your Job Search
Job searching can be a very time consuming task, this is why we recommend dedicating a specific amount of time to it. You can determine this by measuring your hours of productivity, if you’re more of a morning person, then this is the ideal time for you to start your search. An article by The Balance Careers gives a breakdown of how many hours should be set aside for job searching, depending on your circumstances.
3. Take Breaks & Come Back To It
Make sure to not get too consumed with your job search and give yourself regular breaks. It can easily become a stressful and overwhelming experience when you’re just on a screen for hours trying to find something. Break up your time by going out for a walk or catching up with family/friends, this will help with productivity as you’ll go back to your job search feeling rejuvenated from your breaks.
4. Keep That CV Up To Date
Your CV will help any employer to determine whether or not you are the right candidate for the role, so why not showcase your best self by including your most recent experiences, whether it's your former work experience, latest course completed or your last job. It’s also important to check if your personal details are all up to date, if you’ve changed your number or address be sure to revise this information too.
5. Get out there and network
Networking is a great way to get yourself out there, you can do this by attending events that align with your career interests and finding like minded individuals and potentially employers. We post weekly events, so have a look on our platform to see if there’s anything calling your name.
You can also use your social media as a way to network. Linkedin is a great option for making professional connections, if you don’t already have an account create one and work on your profile so that when you do reach out to people they are able to gain a sense of who you are. This will ensure a productive job search because you’ll form more connections which will most likely open the door to even more opportunities.
6. Be Proactive
Being proactive will get you further than you ever thought possible. Proactivity is about putting in the work to achieve what you want, so don't be afraid to directly phone up companies that you’re interested in and ask about anything you need help with, or about any potential opportunities they may offer.
Job searching is something that we’ve all had to do at some point, or will eventually. This experience can either be productive or unproductive depending on how you go about carrying out your tasks. Use these tips as a starting point to ensure productivity so that you’re able to find your dream job hassle free.