Leanne Ganley Productivity, Job Searching
Searching for a job can be a job in itself!
Here are 5 tips for boosting your productivity whilst on the hunt for a new career:
1. To-do lists
Planning for tomorrow is one of the most important things that you can do in order to be productive. Today is still fresh in your head, so while it’s fresh jot down where you are now and what needs doing tomorrow. If you leave this until the next morning, chances are you won’t have as much clarity on what needs doing and will also get distracted by other tasks of less importance.
2. Avoid interruption
Treat your job search as a working day. Allocate time where you cannot be disturbed, turn your phone on silent and ensure the people around you respect this time. Being pulled away from the task on hand for just 20 seconds can really disturb your focus.
3. Job alerts
To find out about the most recent job offerings without having to perform searches every day, sign up to job alerts. Most job search websites will offer free alerts via email. All you need to do is enter your contact details, your location and the type of job you are looking for. You can sign up for job alerts on our website here.
4. If you can’t find the job you want, let the job find you!
Make yourself visible online. 94% of recruiters / employers use social media during the recruitment process. First of all, ensure all your social media profiles are recruiter-friendly (no visible signs of boozing, swearing, etc) and secondly one of the most influential factors when it comes to the decision-making process of a recruiter, BLOG! Blogging about your subject of interest really helps to show potential employers that you have the knowledge and the passion that they require and will help you to stand out from the crowd.
If you’re out of work or you’re in a job that you hate then you may start to feel drained both mentally and physically. Exercising boosts the production of endorphins, neurotransmitters in your brain that act as natural anti-depressants (this research is based upon exercising four times per week for 30 minutes). Regular exercise also makes you fit typically improving self-confidence, which will help when you get to interview stage… Win, win!