Sometimes a whole month can pass, and you’ll realize, “hmm I haven’t done much to help me get the job I’ll need in four months.” That can be quite stressful.
Well, that is what almost (pretty much) happened to me. I am here to share with you the tips I have learned to keep myself on track moving forward.
It is all about time management!
If you keep a time-specific calendar for all major things in a day, include time specifically for job search tasks. If you do not keep a time-specific calendar, it is probably time to start.
Keeping a calendar is a great way to keep your life on track, be on time, be productive, and not forget about appointments, meetings, classes, work schedules, and even job searching.
I have always kept a calendar, but I have never put “to-do” tasks on it – until now. I have designated an hour most days of the week to specifically dedicate to my job search (this could also be a useful method in the intern/co-op search). This time can be used finding new people to connect with at some of my target companies; it could also be used to search databases and company websites for potential jobs and applying for jobs.
On a side note: I have also added in times for working out, writing blog posts, and other “to-do” tasks.
If you don’t want to get to the end of April and wonder what you’ll be doing in a few weeks, start designating time to prepare. If you mark down those times now, it will be harder to put off, and potentially forget about.
Another side note: By no means do I mean to do this for all 7 days in a week. If you can, try to keep one or two days unplanned! Too much structure can cause stress as well.
Of Possible Interest:
- Stay Motivated in the Internship or Job Search
- Job Search – all our blog posts on the topic
- Ace the Job Search – our Pinterest board filled with articles & resources
- Productivity & Wellness – all our blog posts on the topic