June 20th is World Productivity Day! Even though it is not the most celebrated day of the year, it is still a great opportunity to start building new habits for a more productive lifestyle.
In honor of this special day, we’ve put together a list of 5 ways to be more productive in your job search. Bonus: they are all things you can do without buying anything!
1. Treat the search like a side job
Whether you’re unemployed or are currently employed but looking for new opportunities, you have to change your approach. Set aside chunks of time, create to-do lists, and focus on different components of the search. If you are more focused, you’ll get more done each day while researching your options and filling out applications. Dedication is key. One method used by many busy professionals to stay focus is the pomodoro technique – which breaks down work time into 25-minute periods of concentrated work, followed by short breaks. You can buy a pomodoro kitchen timer, go to tomato-timer.com or use the timer app on your smartphone.
Another important aspect of treating the job-search itself as a job is maintaining stamina in your networking. Networking is one of the best ways to find new positions. Attend networking events in your area, and go prepared. Maintain your connections and don’t be afraid to reach out and make new ones.
2. Keep your passwords organized
The most obnoxious aspect of the job search is creating accounts on different online job-search boards. To make it less annoying, keep all your usernames and passwords organized in a spreadsheet or document. No more clicking “Forgot My Password” and wasting time recovering it.
An app like Evernote can help you organize your job passwords as well as keep track of any relevant information about different companies. This is also very useful to refer to once you land the interview and need to recall specifics of the position, the company or your job application answers.
3. Write a cover letter template
To save yourself a lot of time and headaches, write a general cover letter outline and save it as a template. You’ll always have something to start with when applying to a new position. From that, you can customize and write in the little details specific to the positions you apply to. Keep the original template vague to force yourself to spend some time making it specific to the position that you’re applying to.
4. Use the filters and alerts on job boards
Filter search results to only display positions that you’d actually consider applying to. You’ll save yourself a huge amount of time not having to scroll through long descriptions. You can also focus on more recent postings so that you don’t waste time applying to old positions that may not be available anymore. Following specific companies, setting alerts or subscribing to daily newsletters can also help you save time by getting emails about any new job openings straight in your inbox.
5. Keep your social media and LinkedIn updated
This is a life-long habit and not just a task you should do when searching for jobs. Keeping your LinkedIn and social media updated will ensure that you don’t forget important achievements or waste time updating everything all at once.
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