Getting a Better Job Faster
If you are unemployed, invest time every day that adds up to at least 40 hours a week. If you are employed, invest 1-7 hours a week.
How long to find a job? The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the average time from lay-off to hired to be (gulp) over 6 months! For you it can be faster, depending on how many hours you invest, what you are looking for, your search plan and how well you execute it.
How long to change careers? It can take a few weeks to a few years. The more education and experience you need, the longer it it will take. They key is to start now. Discover your strengths. Target opportunities.
Businesses spend money to make money. You should do the same. Ask yourself, “How much can I invest in myself with respect to the money I hope to make?” Planning an effective job or career search is not free. Expenses can include travel, clothes, grooming, phone, Internet, resumes, printing, publications, education, training, coaching and more.
Cut expenses and save on non-essentials. Sell things that you are not using. Set a monthly budget that includes investing in your career. Keep good records. (Costs related to your job search may qualify as tax deductions. Check with the IRS, your tax preparer or an accountant.)
Work on finding work every day. Plan your weekly activities using SMART goals:
- Specific: Set goals that are measurable. Define exactly what you want to accomplish.
- Moderate: Set 2-to-5 goals per week. Too many goals can be overwhelming.
- Accountability: Show and tell somebody what you plan to do--and then let them know what you did.
- Record: It is helpful and motivating to keep a written record of your goals and your progress.
- Time-activated: Put daily and weekly goals in your calendar.
Begin investing in you now! Review the last week. Then preview what you want to accomplish for the coming week.