Wake up – check
Get dressed – check
Eat breakfast – check
Land a job – check
If only it were that easy, right? In your daily morning routine, you can also be moving forward in your job search. Most treat the job search like a 9 to 5 job. But time is precious, and you should look for ways to maximize every part of your day, even before you’re out and about.
Here’s what to incorporate into your morning routine to help you land a job:
Measure Your Progress. This may be the most tedious part of your routine, but it can be eye opening. It allows you to see what you have accomplished, or what you haven’t accomplished. If you’re not keeping track of the where, when, and who of your job applications, you could be jeopardizing your search by not knowing what works and what doesn’t. Create a spreadsheet to track your progress with companies or positions to which you applied. Mark dates, names, or special notes to show yourself how far along you are and to help you stay organized.
Evaluate Your Network. Not all networking connections will be relevant or effective. Go through your connections on your social profiles and decide which ones to keep and which ones to let go. It’s beneficial to have connections of all ages, experiences, and backgrounds, but if the connection is only beneficial to one of you, it’s not networking! At the same time, be sure to make yourself known and valuable to your contacts by interaction and offering to help.
Set priorities with Deadlines. Set aside time each morning to review the tasks and accomplishments of the previous day, and the schedule for today. Take an inventory of your accomplishments toward your goals. This gives you a chance to reset priorities and organize tasks when opportunities arise or you fall behind in certain tasks. Whether they are daily, weekly, or monthly, having deadlines can prevent that “burnout” feeling. It can also keep you organized when you have other tasks added to your plate or when something urgent comes up that may change your agenda. Like John Lennon says, “life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.”
Work On Your Blog. Having a blog may be the best piece in your arsenal to get hired. It can make it easier to find you online; it’s an outlet to show off your expertise, and its way to make connections with others. You don’t have to publish one post a day – instead, contribute something to the livelihood of the blog. Reply to comments, plan your next few articles, and share your posts on relevant groups or networks.
It’s difficult enough to conduct a job search, but doing a little bit at a time can go a long way. Soon enough, your morning routine will include “going to work.”
What do you think? What would you add to the list? How helpful is having a job search routine? Share your thoughts in the comments below!