Use Daylight Saving Time to benefit your job search.
Have you ever found yourself wishing there were more hours in the day?
Well, you’re in luck! At 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 3, we say good-bye to Daylight Saving Time in most of the United States and set our clocks back one hour. Instead of getting a little extra sleep this weekend, get up and invest that extra hour into your job search.
Reevaluate your plan
An effective job search requires clear and realistic job goals that align your core strengths and experience with your interests. Set aside time to brainstorm your next career move and document your goals. Prepare a job-search strategy that breaks your goals into smaller, more manageable milestones and tasks you can track on a weekly basis.
Map out your week
The job search is a full-time job; however, it can be challenging to conduct a full-blown search even when you’re not currently employed. Before your week begins, take out your calendar and look for creative ways to incorporate your job search into your existing activities. For instance, leverage your smartphone to search on-the-go or turn your current appointments into networking goldmines.
Modify your marketing materials
Use this extra hour to review your professional brand. Make sure your resume is optimized for online applications and positioned to support your current job goals. Google your name to monitor your online brand and and then make adjustments as necessary. This might require you to lock up your personal, social accounts and update your online professional profiles to align with your resume.
Tackle one terrifying task
Most job seekers gravitate toward the activities they enjoy the most and shy away from those they find less comfortable. As a job seeker, it’s important to employ multiple methods in order to maximize the number of job leads available. Use this extra time to take on your least favorite job-search activity, whether that means reaching out to your network or tailoring your online applications.
How will you invest that extra hour into your job search?
Amanda Augustine is the Job Search Expert for TheLadders. She provides job search and career guidance for professionals looking to make their next career move. Have a question for Amanda? Submit your question here for a chance to have it answered in her weekly column, and be sure to follow her at @JobSearchAmanda on Twitter and “Like” her on Facebook for up-to-the-minute job-search advice.