When looking at the job search process as a whole, it can seem daunting. So, here are three ways to break down the process to help you be as productive as possible.
- Set One Goal a Day – It’s easy to feel stuck as you look at all of the steps you need to complete to land your dream job. That’s why it’s important to break down the process into smaller, more digestible pieces. Think of one project you can realistically complete today. Do this daily to keep you on the right track and achieve your long-term goal. If you complete this task and have the bandwidth to take on more, then charge on. This system is more about setting up a realistic and manageable workload to ensure progress is made. One day, your goal may be calling the hiring manager at your target company, while the next may be cleaning up one of your social media accounts to look more professional. Bonus points if the goal is a SMART goal – specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. For example, you may set a goal to make five phone calls to the hiring managers at Apple by the end of the day.
- Keep Track of Your Tasks – Keep a record of the jobs and companies you’ve applied to. This will help you maintain momentum and track your progress throughout your job search. For example, if you have called 10 companies and 20 different hiring managers that day, write the names and businesses in Excel or a project management tool, and be sure to include their contact info for future reference. Every effort and small achievement is a win. Even if only one person gets back to you after reaching out to multiple people, that is still a victory. This is a great way to measure success and the level of response you have received.
- Take Breaks – This may seem obvious, but taking breaks is vital to perform at the best of your abilities. Some people like The Pomodoro Technique, where you work for twenty-five minutes and take a five-minute break before moving on to the next task. During the break, rotate between giving your body what it needs — drinking water, going to the restroom, and moving, whether it be through walking or stretching. Spend time outside and be mindful of your screen time each day. Since our bodies and minds require a good amount of rest, make sure you’re getting the amount of sleep your body needs to function and perform at its best.