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Job searching time management tips

Looking for a new job takes time and energy...

You are already very busy in your current role. There are lots of meetings, lots of deadlines and you want to deliver.

You're working for a great organisation. You're loyal and committed, but it's time to start looking for a new position.

How can you manage your current workload and still have enough time to go for the interviews?

Here's a few tips:

1. Clearly decide what you want in your new role

Think about what you can realistically do. What responsibilities do you want? Think about:

  • salary

  • rewards

  • benefits

  • location

  • travel time

  • team culture

  • career progression opportunities

Be clear about your expectations before you go for interviews. It will save you time.

2. Reflect on your current skills and experience

Do you have what the new employer wants for the jobs you are applying for?

Are you ready for the next position, or is it more time-effective to complete an additional work project or attend an extra course if it increases the likelihood of you being considered as 'top talent'?

3. Look at your CV

Does it accurately reflect your experience and achievements?
Does it highlight the value that you will bring to a new organisation?

Employers read CVs and decide who to interview on the basis of the new 'value' they will be employing.

Save time upfront by reviewing your CV.

4. Check out your Social Media profile

Is your Personal Branding optimised?

Does your on-line identity clearly highlight your strengths?

Is there anything that may prevent a future employer from hiring you?

It's better to get it sorted out sooner rather having to explain later.

It will save you time.

Does your on-line identity clearly highlight your strengths?​

5. Talk with your referees

What will they say when asked? Is there anything that needs checking, clarifying, explaining? If so, bring it up with your Consultant.

Openly discuss any issues. Don't wait until it's too late. You’ll spend a few hours being interviewed by prospective employers and don’t want to hear “no-thanks” because of a reference check.

6. Look at your current work responsibilities

When can you realistically go for interviews?

  • Early in the morning

  • after work

  • only for 45 minutes during lunch

Plan your workload to give you the time to attend interviews.

7. Research your new employer

Look at their website, read online reviews and press releases.

Is this the organisation for you? It's more time-effective for you to make this decision earlier rather than later.

Searching for a new role can be time-consuming and can take lots of energy.

To make it easier clearly decide what you want in a new role, reflect on the strengths of your current skills and experience and determine whether the new role is the best fit for you - both personally and professionally.