The Muse featured a piece this week on “The 10-Hour Plan Guaranteed to Kick-Start Your Job Search“. Now before you start whining ‘where on earth am I going to find 10 hours in one day??”, you should know that this plan does require you to take a personal day off from your current job.
Don’t cry. One personal day is nothing compared to the joy you will feel when you find that dream job.
The 10-hour plan includes an hour by hour breakdown of your day. It provides everything you need to forge through that job search to-do list.
Starting at 9am – no sleeping in! – where you will reflect on exactly what is you’re looking for in a new job. Moving on, you will update your resume. The schedule only allows you 1 hour for this and that should be all you need.
Now part of this plan requires you scheduling a networking lunch, either with a mentor or old colleague. The hour before your lunch (11am), brush up on some important info – browse your lunch date’s LinkedIn page or social media accounts and make sure you have some questions and your elevator pitch ready.
Speaking of social media accounts, after lunch you will clean up yours. You will also create a list of about 10 to 15 companies that you’d want to work for, and then research each. This will help you narrow things down a bit, making the job search process less overwhelming.
To end your day, you’ll want to send some emails – either to another former contact to reconnect or to someone who works for one of your targeted companies.
We’d also like to add that at some point during your job search marathon, you should touch base with the staffing or recruiting agency you’re working with. It’s always best to keep them in the loop of your progress and vice versa.