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Samantha Greenfield

How much time should you be spending looking for work?

How much time should you spend searching for a job?

A recent poll shows that approx. 26 percent of people spend in excess of four hours per day.

More than four hours (26 percent, 31 votes)

  • 0-30 minutes (23 percent, 28 votes)

  • 2-4 hours (22 percent, 27 votes)

  • 1-2 hours (16 percent, 19 votes)

  • 30-60 minutes (13 percent, 16 votes)

Started: January 14, 2010

Total Voters: 121
Source: www.jobmob.com

Looking for a job can be a time-consuming, frustrating process filled with dead ends and activity that seem to have no payoff. Most of us will spend one-third or more of our lives at work. Doesn't it make sense, then, to invest the time necessary to find the right job? For most of us, finding that right job requires investing meaningful time and effort in your search.

When I was laid off, I read that it is a good idea to keep "office hours." I got up at the same time as usual, dressed the same as usual, went through the same morning routines but instead of getting in my car to drive to the office, I parked myself in front of my computer and went to work looking for work. I found keeping structure in my life helped me focus on finding my next place of employment. Of course it takes time to search your favorite job boards and online newspapers, but if you are calling it quits after just a few hours, you may be falling short of your goal - finding your next job!

In addition to newspapers and job boards, you should spend time daily "cold calling" and "online networking." Today's job hunt is a combination of old-fashioned footwork, online brand building and reaching out to the right people.

Your next opportunity may not come from an advertisement, it may be just a phone call or e-mail away! Devote time every day to cold calling companies in your industry trying to find the names of decision makers. Send these folks a cover letter and your resume and than schedule a follow up within a few days. Cultivate your online network; make sure that you stay connected with others in your industry. Participate in blogs, tweets and webinars.

While I cannot give you an exact amount of time to devote to looking for work, I can tell you how to use your time. Formulate an over all job search strategy or plan and define the steps you need to take to implement the plan. Next, create a daily schedule with tasks and goals you will achieve that day. For example, in additional to trolling job boards and daily newspapers, commit to contacting and networking with three people in your industry and possibly sending out two resumes or job applications daily. Some days this could take hours and other days not so long. By setting and achieving daily or weekly goals, I believe you will have better luck than watching a clock!

Workshops for the week of March 2- April 2:
Thursday April 1- Bootcamp for the Unemployed

Remember, Job Networking Club meets Tuesday mornings at the Winchester VEC at 8:30 a.m., and we would love to see you join us.

Please feel free to contact me with your specific job related questions!

Kind regards -


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