15 Job Search Tasks You Can Do When You’re Short on Time

I get it. You’re all busy. Sometimes it feels like there is barely time to breathe, much less to look for a job. But here’s the thing: You DO have time to look for a new job but you have to be strategic and use the time that’s available to you wisely, even if it’s only a couple minutes. Below is a list of things that you can do when you don’t have a lot of time but still want to have a productive job search.

If you only have…

10 Minutes

  • Email a friend or work acquaintance to catch up.
  • Email someone whose career you admire and ask for an informational interview.
  • Invite 3 people to join your LinkedIn network.
  • Read an article about a professional field that you’re interested in.
  • Work on your “elevator speech” for when people ask what you do.

15 Minutes

  • Look at the “Careers” webpage for a company for which you’d like to work and see if there are any positions that you’re interested in. Print or save the positions that interest you.
  • Review your resume or LinkedIn profile to see if it needs to be updated.
  • Look up networking opportunities through your professional associations, local alumnae groups, etc.
  • Practice potential interview questions.
  • Go through old presentations, articles, and reports that you’ve written and share them on LinkedIn.

30 Minutes

  • Go back to the positions that you saved/printed in the 15-minute activity. Make a note or highlight the skills and experience they have in common.
  • Using the common skills noted above, rewrite a section of your resume to reflect the type of position to which you’d like to apply.
  • Meet with someone in your prospective field for an informational interview.
  • For the bold! – Email an organization in your target field and offer to give a presentation on a topic on which you want to establish yourself as an expert.

If you want help coming up with or refining your job search plan, book a call one hour 1-on-1 coaching session with me! We’ll work together to come up with an action plan for you to take your job search to a higher level.

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I get it. You’re all busy. Sometimes it feels like there is barely time to breathe, much less to look for a job. But here’s the thing: You DO have time to look for a new job but you have to be strategic and use the time that’s available to you wisely, even if it’s only a couple minutes. Below is a list of things that you can do when you don’t have a lot of time but still want to have a productive job search.

If you only have…

 

10 Minutes

  • Email a friend or work acquaintance to catch up.
  • Email someone whose career you admire and ask for an informational interview.
  • Invite 3 people to join your LinkedIn network.
  • Read an article about a professional field that you’re interested in.
  • Work on your “elevator speech” for when people ask what you do.

15 Minutes

  • Look at the “Careers” webpage for a company for which you’d like to work and see if there are any positions that you’re interested in. Print or save the positions that interest you.
  • Review your resume or LinkedIn profile to see if it needs to be updated.
  • Look up networking opportunities through your professional associations, local alumnae groups, etc.
  • Practice potential interview questions.
  • Go through old presentations, articles, and reports that you’ve written and share them on LinkedIn.

30 Minutes

  • Go back to the positions that you saved/printed in the 15-minute activity. Make a note or highlight the skills and experience they have in common.
  • Using the common skills noted above, rewrite a section of your resume to reflect the type of position to which you’d like to apply.
  • Meet with someone in your prospective field for an informational interview.
  • For the bold! – Email an organization in your target field and offer to give a presentation on a topic on which you want to establish yourself as an expert.

If you want help coming up with or refining your job search plan, book a call one hour 1-on-1 coaching session with me! We’ll work together to come up with an action plan for you to take your job search to a higher level.

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