If you are serious about looking for a job then you should treat your job search just like a job. Think about how you planned your day at work, and then apply that same planning to job search.
Set yourself daily targets to give you something to work for and also to allow you to end your day with a feeling of achievement each day. We know that being at home you are obviously going to be distracted by the normal going’s on of the home and for some people that can be more alluring than the thought of looking for a new job.
If you’ve worked for the last ten years five or six days a week and all of a sudden you’ve got time on your hands to spend with the children or even the dog; but remember the longer you leave your job search the longer you are going to be unemployed and the longer you are unemployed the harder it gets to motivate yourself to find a new job.
No matter who you are you get used to having that cup of coffee when you feel like it and sitting on the sofa watching that extra TV show before you do something it really does happen to the most organised person if you let it.
Don’t even let yourself take that first week off without thinking about looking for a new job, you’ll be surprised just how quickly you can start to enjoy the easier life and finding a new job starts to move lower down the priority list.
So let’s get organised; buy yourself a diary and start planning from the first Monday after you become unemployed, that first day you should spend as much time as you need reading and re-reading your CV get it updated if it isn’t already done make sure that there are no spelling mistakes and make sure it really does show you in the best way it possibly can, if you’re not sure it does then send it to a professional CV Writer like WoWMyCV(UK) having someone independent have a look at your CV can really show up the obvious bits you may have missed, it’s not an easy task to write about yourself and most people tend to waffle on and offer up so much information on a CV that the reader gets very bored very quickly and stops reading it and discounts you from the process.
Once you’ve got your CV up to scratch then the next step is to decide how many jobs you are going to try and find each day, as an average finding five potential jobs a day would be a good start you’ll find that research takes up a big chunk of your day.
If you can’t find five each day then make up for the ones you can’t find by researching companies you can send your CV to as a speculative approach.
Research the potential jobs to make sure they are the right jobs for you to apply for and for those companies you are going to send a speculative application to research the company as much as possible.
Day two now get started on the jobs/companies you sourced the day before, get those five applications or speculative applications done and in the post. Now you’ve had two productive days of job search and in all truth you probably haven’t even noticed any difference between being at or in the office apart from the lack of annoying phone calls.
So now we are up to Wednesday and we’ve applied for potentially five jobs, and the process starts again, so by the end of the day on Thursday you’ve written to 10 potential employers.
Friday get yourself ahead of the game for next week, then by the end of the next week you would have written to 15 companies and remember the all important thing TAKE THE WEEKEND OFF.
If you are the type of person that wears a suit for work then when you get up in the morning to get to work on your job search get the trousers and shirt on and the shoes, or the skirt and blouse etc if you feel in the mode for work then you’ll find you’re day of job search is far more productive because the cloths put you in the work mode.
Don’t let the thought of a week of job search stress you out; job search isn’t really that difficult if you have a structure and a plan and that is most important thing PLAN, PLAN and PLAN some more.