Many job counselors are often asked about the amount of time someone should spend to find a good job. The answer is to depend on the circumstances of your life and your goals at work, but here’s a plan that you can use to refer to and decide how much time you should. Actually, spending less or more than necessary will make you tired and knackered.
If you do not spend enough time, you will not get a head start. However, if you spend too much time on it, you may be exhausted.
So how much is enough?
Many people think spending all day long finding work is the best way, but in fact, this activity is beyond the ability of a person. Hence it brings no effectiveness as wanted.
A more reasonable goal is 25 hours per week, for people who do not work as seasonal workers or interns. For those who work in that position, 15 hours per week is a reasonable time-allocation.
25 hours will be divided into:
– 5 hours per day: you should spend on creating and editing contact materials when looking for a job, including: resume, cover letters, follow-ups and emails.
– 3 hours per week: you should spend to look for this position you aim at and its requirements of the jobs prospects. This time will include of completing the online resume and entering the employer’s database.
– 3 hours per week: to participate in the interview. Attending job fairs are also around this time. This time frame can be extended from week to week, depending on the number of interviews you receive.
-11 hours a week: to be spent on other online activities.
Even with a long list of things to do when looking for a potential job, you will still have plenty of time to have fun and socialize, 25 hours that only account for 22% of your week. A balanced life will help you maintain the energy needed for a proper job-searching.