Today Ashford University’s Forward Thinking blog published an article I wrote about staying positive and productive during the job search. This advice comes from the University’s Career Services team, which is always there for students who need help with everything from resume writing to job interview preparation.
Now that the article is published I realize there is some personal advice I should add for anyone who is in the midst of a job search:
Stick to a schedule
If you woke every morning at 6 a.m. while you were working, you should keep waking at the same time (okay, maybe 6:15). Try to stick to the same “workday” schedule during your job search, and replace work responsibilities with equally productive activities. For example, if you had a 9 a.m. staff meeting every morning, schedule a 9 a.m. “catchup meeting” in which you can sit down and plot your daily priorities. Keep eating lunch at the same time, and replace any down time from your work day with something that can increase your chances of finding a new job, like taking a free online course.
Keep it professional on social media
If you had gotten used to posting about work-related topics and your daily workflow, try to recreate that on social media during your job search. Instead of posting about random things, or nothing at all, use your time off to redefine your social image. As they say, stay on brand, and look for articles and events within your industry that you can talk about online. You may end up making connections this way, and you’ll be staying on top of changes that could affect your next career move.
Don’t touch that dial
This kind of goes without saying, but it’s a healthy reminder during the job search. Television (and online videos) are a distraction that you don’t need when you’re looking for your next opportunity. Many of you reading this might agree that just turning on the television when you should be at work makes you feel a little guilty, as if you know there are more important things you should be doing. Once you’re settled into your new position, you can go back and binge watch that new show people can’t stop tweeting about.
Remember, you’re only one half of the job search, and while it may feel like the hiring process moves very slowly, you can do a lot to close that gap between you and a potential employer.