How to Stay Focused on Your Job Search This Summer

June 23, 2015

Career Advice

2667783619_592c3d226c_oAhh, summer. It’s not a bad time to be between jobs, right? But it might be a blessing and a curse. Who wants to stay inside and job hunt when it’s finally warm and sunny outside? Add in the weekend barbecues, festivals, pool dates, weddings, and all the other summer hoopla and before you know it, it’s Labor Day weekend — and you’re still without a job. Uh oh. Luckily we have a few tips to stay on track this summer. Stick with it and before September rolls around, you’ll be signing on the dotted line.

1. Create a schedule.
Find a consistent time each day and each week that you can dedicate to the job search. Even 30 minutes per day is better than nothing. Perhaps between 1 PM and 3 PM each afternoon is the best time for you while your kids nap. Or maybe it’s 1 PM to 5 PM on Sundays when you have fewer social commitments. For the next month, find your groove and pencil it into your schedule — scratch that. “Pen” it in. This is non-negotiable.

2. Ask for help.
Notify your family that you are unavailable during that time period. Ask for help with household errands or organize a babysitting swap with a neighbor if you have kids. Or find a summer program for the kids that’s in a building with wifi — for example, the library. You need a block of time that’s 100 percent distraction free. You’ll be able to get better work done faster. It’s all about being efficient!

3. Set a goal.
Applying for jobs is a bit of a numbers game so give yourself a weekly or monthly goal that you must hit. For example, “I must apply to 10 jobs each week and network with five new people each week.” It’s easy to spend most of your time just browsing the internet looking for that perfect position.  With a two-pronged approach — applying online and networking in person — you’ll have better luck.

4. Make it fun.
If you don’t want to be cooped up in the house while you job search, look for poolside or beachside restaurants with wifi. Or sit on the patio of your home if your wifi signal stretches that far. Or simply find a coffee shop with great lighting and delicious desserts that may tempt you to return — hey, a little bribery of the sugary kind never hurt everyone.

How are you staying focused on your job search this summer? Comment below!

…And if you’re still job searching, view our latest job opportunities.

Image via David Reid/Flickr.

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