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How To Make Your Job Search Successful When You’re Working A Full-time Job

How To Make Your Job Search Successful When You’re Working A Full-time Job

Looking for a new job can be a very time consuming process. Not only do you have to research various positions, but you also need to spruce up your resume, write cover letters, complete applications, and (if you’re lucky) make appointments to be interviewed. When you already have a full-time job, it can be difficult to find the time to do all of this. However, if you find yourself in this situation, you have options. Here are five ways that you can search for a new job without falling behind in your current job:

1. Schedule, schedule, schedule.

If you want to find a new job, you need to make sure you schedule everything precisely. Schedule times to look for positions, schedule time to write cover letters, schedule time to do some networking. You’re already a busy person, so this is the only way that you’ll find the time to get everything done. It’s important that you stay sharp at your current job, so try to schedule around already-existing commitments.

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2. Be picky.

Just because you want a new job, that doesn’t mean you want any job. Use your best judgment when you’re searching for new positions and stick to what you know you would like to do. You should also keep in mind that you should narrow your search down in terms of location and skill set. Don’t use a new job as simply a way to get away from your current position. This is an important decision, and it should be treated as such.

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3. Keep it a secret.

Don’t tell anyone at work that you’re job hunting. Seriously, it is a bad idea to let anyone know who you interact with professionally. Things can spread quickly around an office, and it’s very unprofessional to let this information slip. Once you do find a new job, the first person to know should be your boss. Talk to your boss, turn in your notice, and only then can you let others know. Talking about searching for a new job is disrespectful and unprofessional, so keep it under wraps.

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4. Be kind to your current job.

When applying to new jobs, never say anything bad about your current position. In interviews, it can be tempting to answer a question on what made you want to change jobs with something negative about your current position. Don’t do that. Not only does that make you seem petty, but it’s also unprofessional. It will certainly not impress your interviewer. It’s also rude to say that about your current job, because even if you hate it, it’s a source of income for you, which you should be grateful for. Word also gets around quickly, and you never know who other people are acquaintances with. Try to keep things as professional as possible.

5. Keep things separate.

Never cancel a meeting at your current job to search for a new one; it’s unprofessional. Simply schedule your job search around that meeting. Use your lunch break, coffee break, whatever break to look for new jobs. It’s important to remember to keep doing your job while you’re looking, so be discreet and professional about it. Remember to use down time as well, such as when you get home from work. While you certainly have obligations there as well, you might find that it’s easier to job hunt after work. Use any free time you have to look for a new job. Just remember that free time is not the same as cancelled or shared time. Don’t try to force this task. Just use your spare time and hopefully all this hard work will pay off in the end.

Featured photo credit: Marsmettnn Tallahassee via flickr.com

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

Work Smarter, Not Harder: 12 Ways to Work Smart

Work Smarter, Not Harder: 12 Ways to Work Smart

I imagine that like me, you say that you never have enough time and that you just cannot cope with 60 dozen things all at once.

How on earth do you get out of that spiral?

Many people never sit down and look at how to work smarter, rather than harder and even longer hours. But not you, you’re smart enough to try to learn effective ways to work.

So how to work smarter not harder? Here are 12 smart ways you should be following:

1. Improve Your Time Management Skills

Easier said than done? Well, no actually, because there are a few simple rules that can really help you to manage time better.

For example, when setting up a top priority task, you need to switch off the phone and ignore your email first. Then you need to abandon any ideas of multitasking as that will slow you down and ruin your focus.

Finally, set a reasonable deadline and do everything in your power to meet it.

“When you’re born, you’re born with 30,000 days. That’s it. The best strategic planning I can give to you is to think about that.” — Sir Ray Avery

2. Speed up Your Typing and Use Shortcuts

These days we’re all keyboard slaves. So why not speed up your typing and try to get rid of the two finger syndrome. In fact, when you save 21 days per year just by typing fast!

This is exactly what I am doing now, so I cannot honestly say I am practicing what I preach!

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But help is at hand. Try some of these apps and games to help you type fast: 8 Most Effective Games and Apps to Learn to Type Fast

Using shortcuts on the keyboard is another time saver and can speed up your work.

For example, press F2 to rename a selected file, while CTRL + I will put selected text in italics.

There are so many of these. If you make the effort to learn them, they really can be helpful.

3. Learn How to Use Productivity Tools

It is well worth downloading all the useful tools and apps that can highly boost your productivity. Take a look at these 18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools and install whatever fits your needs.

Now that is really a great way of working smarter, not harder.

4. Use Your Phone Wisely

Instead of writing emails, sometimes it’s better to pick up the phone and talk to the person responsible. It saves time, especially for important or urgent discussions.

If that colleague works in the same office, it is even better to go and talk to him or her. It gives you a break, you get some exercise and you actually make human contact which is becoming quite rare in this electronic world.

5. Keep a Tab on Your Tabs

If you are like me, you might well find that you have a ton of tabs open at the top of your browser.

In order to find the one you want, you have to search for them as they are off screen. Having all these tabs open slows down your browser too.

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One solution is to use OneTab which can keep a neat list on the screen of all these tabs when you want to quickly get to one of them or you want to remind yourself which ones you have open.

6. Use a “To Don’t” List

We all know about to do lists and I find that they are generally great. They give me a great sense of achievement as I cross off the tasks done.

But often, I find that we are doing non-essential tasks or ones that can easily be postponed. That is why many people recommend the to don’t list.[1]

Some people prefer to savagely prune the to do list while others prefer to have two separate lists, to do and to don’t. You just have to work out what works best for you when you are trying to save precious time to become more productive.

7. Expect Failure and Fight Paranoia

When failure rears its ugly head, some people get a bit paranoid and fear that this may become a trend.

Projects will go wrong and failure should be expected rather than feared. Learning lessons from failure and analyzing what went wrong is the best way forward.

“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” — Richard Branson

And here you can find 10 Great Lessons Highly Successful People Have Learned From Failure.

8. Be Concise

Rambling on at meetings, in emails and even when introducing yourself to new clients can waste a lot of people’s time.

One way is to practice and sharpen your “elevator speech,”[2] which tells people in 30 seconds or less why they need your skills and how they can benefit from doing business with you.

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Just think of the many situations where this could be useful:

  • Making new contacts
  • Talking about yourself at a job interview
  • Meeting people at conferences or parties
  • Phone calls to new clients

9. Ask the Right Questions

“You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.” — Naguib Mahfouz

How do you get feedback? The secret is to ask the right questions at the right time.

When you do this, you are gathering the information you need to help in decision making. This will save you time and you will be able to cut meetings to a minimum.

Forbes magazine reports on research that they carried out on asking the right questions.[3] When that happens, the positive effects are increased by 400%. There are also other benefits in staff motivation and a positive impact on the company’s bottom line.

Lifehack’s CEO Leon has shared about how to ask for feedback to learn faster: How to Learn Quickly And Master Any Skill You Want

10. Learn as Much as You Can

You should always be on a steep learning curve. Look at your skills profile and determine where you need to fill a gap. Talk to important connections and network in your niche.

Keep up to date on trends and developments. It is a fact-changing world. When an opportunity arises, you will be the best equipped to seize it because you have never stopped learning. Just another way of working smarter.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Mahatma Gandhi

11. Look After Your Greatest Resource

No, your greatest resource is not time. It is YOU.

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If you do not get enough sleep, exercise and relaxation, you find that you become less and less productive. You begin to work longer and longer hours, which is the exact opposite of what you want.

What you should be doing is making sure you are in the best shape. It is useful to remember that you need a break of 15 minutes after every one and a half hours of work.[4]

Taking breaks and getting fresh air and exercise is one of the best ways of working smarter, not harder.

12. Don’t Fall into the Trap of Working Smarter and Harder

As a society, we are obsessed with doing everything smarter so we are more efficient and we save time all around.[5]

But the most important thing to remember is to accept when we are ready to switch off that computer and not fill up the time with even more work!

The Bottom Line

The key to greater productivity is to work smarter, not harder. Working smarter saves precious time and energy for the things that really matter — your life goals, your personal growth, your health and your relationships.

Stop working for more hours and start working smarter!

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