17 Job Search Activities You Can Do in 15 Minutes or Less
The average American job search lasts about 26 weeks. Most jobseekers spend the bulk of their time researching and applying to jobs, as well as networking to find opportunities—and that can be both time consuming and overwhelming. But not every job search task has to be that arduous. There are many smaller activities you can do in between larger tasks to break up the monotony and maximize your results. Here are several easy tasks you can complete within the span of a coffee break.
- Write a recommendation for a connection on LinkedIn. The goal is to strengthen the relationship and encourage your connection to return the favor for you.
- Change your unprofessional email address. Approximately 3 out of 4 recruiters WILL disqualify a candidate based on an inappropriate or unprofessional email address, believe it or not. Consider creating a new email address solely for your job search, if necessary.
- Research 3 employers that interest you and identify several key talking points for a potential cover letter to their hiring decision makers.
- Proofread your resume. Approximately 60% of recruiters and hiring managers WILL eliminate a candidate based on a typo.
- Google yourself and review content/photos online to ensure that they don’t detract from your professional reputation. Employers and recruiters WILL Google you.
- Review your resume and LinkedIn profile to ensure that you’ve integrated recurring keywords/phrases you’ve seen within job postings that have interested you.
- Schedule an informational interview with someone who can assist you with your job search or provide career mentoring.
- Sign up for a training course to develop your professional or technical skills.
- Create a 1-, 3-, 5-, and 10-year plan. Jot down the job titles you would like to hold at each of these points in time and start to map out a plan of action.
- Research and send an informational article that you think might be useful to a colleague.
- Ask a friend or family member to conduct a 15-minute mock salary negotiation session with you to sharpen your negotiation skills.
- Join a new Group on LinkedIn and introduce yourself to other members.
- Verify a potential reference and provide that individual with relevant talking points to address with a prospective employer.
- Send a thank-you note to someone who has provided support during your job search.
- Research common interview questions and practice responses.
- Set a job search schedule; map out the number of hours each week you’ll devote to your search and determine which activities you will perform on specific days of the week.
- Sign up for Google Alerts or another similar program to help you remain aware of news relating to specific industries, companies, and fields.
Not all job search activities take hours to complete. Trying incorporating some of these smaller, less intimidating tasks into your job search routine to keep you moving in the right direction while giving you a break from the more laborious activities.