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How to Find Time to Job Search

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Finding time to job search can be a struggle. Commitments get in the way, whether they're related to family, current employment or other responsibilities. In order to stay focused and move ahead professionally, you have to find time to job search and get your applications out there. Try these three ideas to help you fit this important task into your busy schedule:

  • Schedule Your Time: Commit to blocking out a certain amount of time each day or week to dedicate just to your job search and make sure you stick with it. Job searching can be a numbers game, as long as you are using effective strategies. The more positions you apply to, the greater the odds of getting a call back. Set a goal to apply to a certain amount of positions during a specific span of time. Also, consider at which times you feel most productive. If you happen to be a morning person, then schedule time in the morning to conduct a job search. If you have children, perhaps the best time is after they fall asleep for the night. You know your schedule, so pick a time that is best for you. You will find a way to make it work if it's something you really want.
  • Be Prepared: Every effective job search starts with having a marketable resume. The preliminary work is important to have ahead of time, as it can save you a lot of time in the long run. Try to work on your targeted resume, asking for recommendation letters and requesting transcripts, so when the time comes and you find the perfect position, you are fully prepared to submit a complete application. Also, consider having application information collected on a separate document so you can just copy and paste that information into an application. Otherwise, you can waste precious time digging around looking for it and typing it out.
  • Prioritize Positions: Try streamlining your job search by putting time aside to simply explore job postings. Save web links to each position and gather a list of potentials. Once you have a substantial list, you can now pick out your top three opportunities for which you are the most excited - and qualified. These are the applications you can focus on by researching the company, gathering your resume/cover letter, and applying. Prioritizing the positions you apply to and starting out with the most exciting job openings first is the best way to stay motivated. This process allows you to not waste all your time on the mediocre positions because they happen to be the first openings you came across.

    Job searching can take longer than expected and can demand a lot of your time. However, don't forget to reward yourself when you accomplish a goal, be it small or large. Though the main goal is landing the job that gets you to that next level, rewarding yourself along the way can make the small tasks worth it.

    Interested in more posts on job search related topics? Check out our Career Development blog.

    If you're a current AIU student or alumnus looking for more career advice, please contact the Career Services Department at 877-221-5800 Option 5 or at