7 Job Search Time Wasters, and How to Avoid Them
Looking for a job is, indeed, a full time job. And like any full time job, you probably waste a lot of time either completing tasks, or between them.
The difference is, when you’re looking for work, you don’t have a boss to answer to. You are only accountable to yourself – and let’s face it, you kind of favor you.
Plus, between the entertainment center (the one you bought before losing your job), Rock Band 2nd Edition, and that super comfy couch, your house probably has a lot more distractions than the average office.
In order to stay on top of your job search, you have to be disciplined. You have to be aware of what slows you down, and make a conscious effort to overcome it. You have to resist the urge to watch Judge Judy again, no matter how compelling the plaintiff’s case.
Surfing the internet
Thanks to Google, we’ve got the whole world at our fingertips. Need to know what happened to the lead singer of that obscure 90s band? It’s just a few clicks away! But just because we have access to this information doesn’t mean we really need it. And it certainly doesn’t mean we need it while we’re in the middle of writing a cover letter.
If your crack is the Google search (ditto for Facebook, Myspace and Twitter), you really need to go cold turkey, at least for a few hours a day. A friend of mine takes his laptop to a coffee shop without an Internet connection – and he’s amazed by how much more he gets done.
Save some of the job descriptions you’re interested in, and then disconnect. Without the temptation to research the origin of Graham Crackers (or catch up on your friends’ status updates), you will be free to focus on revamping your resume and preparing various targeted cover letters, which you will then save offline and send out, en masse, once you are reconnected.