The Great Job Search Time Management Quandary

Posted on July 10, 2012. Filed under: Job Search Tips | Tags: , , , |

Job search time management

Job Search time management

Most candidates are surprised when they discover how quickly time gets away from them during their job search. Even well-prepared candidates are often caught off guard as they find their time slipping into this methaphorical black hole. Undoubtedly, the lack of imposed structure can get to even the best of us. That is why the July 11th #TCFchat discussion topic (3pm ET on Twitter) is on job search time management practices and how to prepare for this quandary.

So please join us as we discuss these questions:
1. What activities consumed the bulk of your time during the job search process?

2. How much time did you spend on job boards? Networking? Admin? Other?

3. Are there any other “time traps” out there job seekers should be wary of?

4. What tools have you come across that helped you (or could have helped you) manage time better in your last search?

5. What are some strategies to help job seekers manage time more effectively?

Whether you are currently in a job search, have recently finished one, or are contemplating getting ready for one, we would love to hear your insight.

If you can’t make the chat, be sure to check back here afterward or check out the Tech Career Forum  LinkedIn group to get a recap of the discussio

Recap Info

We’ve also posted a recap of the discussion on our post “Time Management Practices for the Job Search“.

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When I have been in the position to hire people, I have always made it a point of knowing what the current situation of the person I am interviewing is. If they are currently employed, I will usually make time at about 6 or 6:30 to interview and will let them know that they can come in as they normally dress with their current job (within reason). If the place is a very formal place I can inform them of the dress code during the interview.The reason I do this is that I know what it is like to look for a job while you have one. I also know from experience that I may not accept the applicant and would not want them to risk their current job by having an interview with me. I also know that the interview process is a two Way Street, so working a little with someone can go a long way in the impression they get of the organization and wanting to work at my company.Bottom line is that these are things that I would have liked to have happened when I was interviewing with companies. Instead of having interviews at 10am and taking half the day off.

You bring up some interesting points. Often we forget that those interviewing us were once job seekers too. The interview and the job search process itself shouldn’t be so much about finding the person with the best polish, but about finding the one who will enable the business to function at its best.

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