How to Stay Focused on Your Job Search

April 26, 2015

Career Advice

If you’re searching for a job, you’re likely doing it from home. Whether you’re unemployed, finishing up a degree, or looking to leave your current job, the couch is the prime spot for job search for many. It can be hard to work from home though especially without a deadline or a timeline. Here are some tips to help you stay dedicated during your job search.

1. Define a workspace.
I hate to tell you this, but the couch isn’t going to cut it. Work from a desk or table and preferably a room with a door that can be closed. Sitting properly — instead of lounging on the couch — will keep you focused and you’ll likely produce better work and search more productively.

2. Set a start and end time.
A deadline or time limit will keep you motivated and focused. You might dread writing a difficult cover letter or going through a tedious online application process, but you’re much more likely to get the work done and get it done efficiently with a self-imposed deadline.

3. Get rid of the distractions.
Turn off the TV, close the door, or notify your family members or roommates that you’ll be out of commission for the next two hours while you job search. The goal is to get rid of all distractions and interruptions for at least one solid hour of work time.

4. Walk away.
At the end of your pre-determined work period, turn off your computer and walk away. It’s easy to get job search burnout and you don’t want to send a less-than-stellar resume or cover letter. It’s better to take a break for the day and revisit it tomorrow.

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