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Structure Your Job Search Like It's a Job

When looking for work full-time, you must take on the role of your own boss and assign yourself tasks, projects and deadlines. But far too many job seekers fail at managing themselves, writes Phyllis Korkki in the New York Times.

"Having no structure is the biggest enemy to being organized and being focused," productivity consultant Julie Morgenstern told the Times. Morgenstern advises that job-seekers create specific work hours and a time map along with "mini-deadlines," and treat the search itself like a full-time job.

Kimberly Bishop, CEO of the Kimberly B career management firm in New York suggests:

- Set aside a special place in your home dedicated to your job hunt.

- Dedicate a few days a week to organizing your search and figuring out the order in which you're going to do things.

- Pull together your resume, cover letter, references and samples of work first, then start your search.

- Create an organizational system that tracks your efforts, including leads you find, where you apply, who you're networking with, and, one hopes, interviews.

Organizing your job-search information can keep you in control when a callback comes in from a recruiter or a human resources manager. The last thing you want in that situation, Morgenstern remarks, is to be left stammering, "Who did you say you were again? You say I applied there?"

Once the search is up and running, she advises devoting equal amounts of time to groundwork, research and follow-ups. If you catch yourself spending more than a third of your time on any one of those tasks, re-focus.

Plan at least three days ahead, and schedule at least one meeting each day that takes you out of the house. "People are energized by getting things done," notes Morgenstern. "Energy then begets more energy and more productivity" - and in turn, more confidence.

AUTHORDona DeZube Insider Comment
  • Jo
    Jon Jacobs
    17 December 2009


    eFinancialCareers News has published plenty of advice for older job-seekers. In fact, I myself have devoted so much space in these columns to that one issue, that I sometimes wonder if I'm giving it too much attention, at the expense of parallel issues such as racial discrimination (which is still pervasive in employment decisions, "diversity" programs notwithstanding).

    Here is a sampling of past eFC stories about roadblocks that most financial employers place in the way of older job candidates, and tips on how to overcome them:

    Our Take: Not Fade Away Apr 25 2008

    Our Take: Age Bias Revisited Nov 6 2009

    Finessing Your Age on a Resume Oct 29 2009

    Our Take: Age Matters Aug 29 2008

    Our Take: Blaming the Victims Jul 31 2009

    Our Take: A Second Job-Hunt Lesson Dec 14 2007

  • Ma
    16 December 2009

    Do you have any advice for older job seekers? When a company invites you to interview with them after reviewing your resume, calling you back 2 & 3 times only to deny you an opportunity - there has got to be a problem. I am not being modest here - interviews are outstanding, very professional and I leave with a good feeling. Then the disappointment - when I eliminate all the variables - there is only one thing left - the age factor!!!!! Please correct me if I am wrong.

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