Scheduling Your Job Search

Scheduling Your Job Search

This week’s podcast is “Active vs. Passive Job Search Strategies.” I discuss which job search strategies are active and which are passive; I also talk about the percentage of each you want in your entry-level job search.

Let’s drill down on how to create your job search calendar. Example #1 will be for a full-time job search; Example #2 will be for those of you who are conducting a part-time job search while still employed.

Example #1 – full-time job search

Sunday evening: Review job search schedule for this week; confirm Monday networking meetings.

Monday: 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. – Connect with 10 new people on LinkedIn; send 5 emails to existing connections

10:00 a.m. – Networking coffee with Joe Smith at Starbuck’s

12:00 noon – Networking lunch with Sue Jones at Panera

9:00 p.m. – Spend one hour reviewing, and applying to jobs on Indeed.com

Tuesday: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Connect with 10 new people on LinkedIn; send 5 emails to existing connections

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Attend SHRM luncheon with David Williams; introduce myself and network with as many people as possible

5:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Attend Chamber of Commerce networking event with Lisa Brown; introduce myself and network with as many people as possible

9:00 p.m. – Spend one hour reviewing, and applying to jobs on LinkedIn.com

Hopefully you get the idea. Here are the main points:

-A full-time job search means about 30 hours per week, so decide when you want to work and when you want to play. Then stick to your decision.

-Create a schedule ahead of time, which gives you a blueprint of exactly what you’re going to do and when.

-You decide on your measures of success, so you know whether you’ve achieved your goal or not. For example, you will connect with 10 new people on LinkedIn.

-You plan your networking activities a week or two in advance so you’re not scrambling at the last minute trying to round up a networking meeting or event.

Example #2 – Part-time job search while working

Sunday evening: Review job search schedule for this week

Monday: 11:30 a.m. – Lunch networking meeting with Joe Smith at Panera

9:00 p.m. – Spend one hour reviewing, and applying to jobs on Indeed.com

Tuesday: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Attend SHRM luncheon with David Williams; introduce myself and network with as many people as possible

9:00 p.m. – Spend one hour reviewing, and applying to jobs on LinkedIn.com

Wednesday: 7:30 a.m. – Early coffee meeting with Sue Jones at Starbuck’s

9:00 p.m. – Spend one hour connecting with at least 10 new people on Linked

Here are the main points for a part-time job search:

-A part-time job search means about 10-15 hours per week, so you’re not likely to get results as quickly as you would with a full-time job search. Set your expectations accordingly.

-You’re still creating a schedule ahead of time that provides you with a blueprint of exactly what you’re going to do and when.

-You still decide on your measures of success.

-You’re still planning your networking activities a week or two in advance.

Regardless of whether your job search is part-time or full-time, goal-setting and scheduling are critical. The other absolutely critical element? Getting out from in front of your computer screen to conduct face-to-face networking.

I promise, they won’t bite.

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