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Time Management for Your Job Search

 

The summer is prime time for focusing on your job search efforts as companies prepare for hiring in the second half of the year. To beat the summer doldrums, ask yourself the question: "How well am I managing my time?" Here's a true or false quiz to help you answer that important question and increase your dog-days-of-summer search effectiveness.


Q: Creating a prioritized daily task list is a waste of time because so many unexpected things happen every day.

A: False. Many unexpected events occur every day of our lives. Failure to create a daily task list only increases the likelihood that random events will devour your valuable search time.


Q: You can gain valuable job search time by limiting and/or eliminating unproductive tasks.

A: True. Unproductive tasks include spending excessive time with search firm representatives, reading newspaper classified ads, aimlessly surfing the net and driving around to fill out applications.


Q: It's best to spend between four to six hours focused on your job search and then a couple of hours "recharging your batteries."

A: False. Job search should be approached as your "full-time job." The best way to recharge your batteries is with a focused, high-energy search where you are spending eight hours on your job search, networking with colleagues and/or meeting with potential employers each and every working day.


Q: Save unpleasant or difficult tasks for the end of the day.

A: False. This is just a way of avoiding difficult tasks. Do your tough work early in the day. You'll achieve much more and end each day with a real sense of accomplishment.


Q: One hour of uninterrupted search time is more valuable than two hours of interrupted time.

A: True. With each interruption, you must refocus yourself on the task at hand and that takes time.


Q: The best job seekers spend about fifteen minutes per day looking for information they have misplaced.

A: False. Excellent job seekers don't misplace information because they consistently use the Total System™ Organizer to track their contacts and maintain information related to their job search.

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