12 Tasks That KILL Your Job Search Before Noon

Excellent article on Business Insider titled 12 Tasks That Killer Employees Always Finish Before Noon

I love this article. It includes suggestions such as:

#1 make a to-do list the day before,

#4 exercise (to improve energy and mood levels)

#7 arrive on time (imagine the stress saved!)

#10 avoid morning meetings

… read the entire article here. Here are my 12 tasks that KILL your job search before noon – are you doing any of these?

  1. Check Facebook. Time waster that will suck you in to irrelevant places.
  2. Get caught up in LinkedIn News articles. Interesting, but won’t necessarily help you network into your target companies.  Time suck.
  3. Browse through irrelevant tweets. I used to do this, to see what was going on in the world. Waste of time.
  4. Look at blog posts from family, friends, etc. Fun.  Time suck. Sorry. You are not on salary to read your family and friend posts.
  5. Read the local news website. Time suck.  Not relevant to your job search usually.  You can justify it as staying in touch with current events, but you are spending valuable time doing that and not calling people you need to call.
  6. Sleep in late. Whatever “late” means to you.  I have found sleeping in late disrupts my day and before I know it, it’s afternoon and I am BEHIND on what I hoped to accomplish that day.
  7. Skip exercise (same as the original post). What job seeker doesn’t need an improvement in energy and mood??  Seriously, do it.  Daily.
  8. Pass on your routine (same as the original post). Most people who start a job search are floored by how unstructured their day and life is.  I give you permission to create your own routine and structure… and then stick to it.  Some of you need structure to the minute, others just  need daily goals.  Either way, create a routine and honor the routine.
  9. Not journal. I’m becoming convinced that journaling is the gateway to peace, your soul, and sanity.  Therapists regularly recommend journaling to cope with issues.  Leaders have journaled.  Some do it for their kids and grandkids, others just because.  Having blogged for 6 years I can attest that journaling (which I’ve realized is blogging, for me) has perhaps saved my life. I’m going to do more personal journaling, as I’ve finally seen the value in this, and wish I would have done it many years ago.
  10. Avoid making the phone call you’ve been putting off. I get it, you are chicken.  But get over it and pick up the phone.  Every day. Just once a day. Get that off your list.
  11. Applying to jobs online. You complain about the resume black hole, yet you keep hucking your resume into it.  It’s time to listen to everyone and spend more time networking than applying.
  12. Unusual housework, honeydo list items, handyman projects. These need to get done, but treat your job search like a full-time job and schedule time for the other stuff, just like you did before.  I’m not saying to let things go… but schedule your priorities.

Hey, I’ve been there.  I wasted time.  Hours, days.  I still do, sometimes.  I’m not pointing fingers, but if you have an opportunity to change your situation, I want to help, and I hope this list is helpful.

3 thoughts on “12 Tasks That KILL Your Job Search Before Noon”

  1. Great article! The fact that you got tough on some things makes me feel that much more inclined to stick with the one “touchy feely” thing, journaling. I’ve been journaling every morning for about a week now & it’s very helpful, especially since I include some visualizing as part of it.

    Thea Kelley, CPRW, GCDF, OPNS
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