Smart planning and weekly commitment are required to get a better job faster. Finding the right work is hard work! Invest time, money and effort in you.
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-again 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 will be. 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 me in light of the money I hope to make?” 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 you are not using. Set a monthly budget that includes investing in your career. Keep good records. Costs related to 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 activities every week using SMART goals:
Specific: Set goals that are measurable. Define exactly what you want to accomplish.
Moderate: Select 2 to 5 goals per week. Too many goals can be overwhelming.
Accountability: Show and tell somebody what you plan to do, and let them know how you did.
Record: It is helpful and motivating to keep a written record of your goals and progress.
Time-activated: Put in your calendar goals by days and times during the week.
Begin investing in you now! Review the last week. Then preview what you want to accomplish for the coming week.
Get a better job faster. Start by completing the Progress Review & Preview Exercise every week. I’d love to hear how the exercise worked for you, let me know.