Your Job Search Schedule

Congratulations. You have just accepted a full-time job. You are now a full-time job seeker. Do not conduct your job search with anything less than a full-time effort. Without a full-time commitment, you will increase the amount of time you will be without work—which decreases your overall attractiveness in the job market.

Following is a simple work schedule to follow:

7:30 A.M. - Early morning callbacks to contacts you were unable to reach the previous day.

8:30 A.M. - Employer research on the Internet, at the library or the Career Center. Write follow-up letters and e-mails to your contacts from the day before.

12:30 P.M. - Make phone calls all afternoon. Do not give up on this activity until you have contacted every potential employer and every potential contact.

4:30 P.M. - Send same-day follow-up e-mails or letters to the most promising contacts of the day.

5:30 P.M. - One last attempt to reach all those who were unreachable during the day.

In looking at the above, there is one major activity missing: interviewing. Until you spend the time to make direct contact with potential employers, there will not be any interviewing. There are worse things than having your day filled with interviews. When that starts happening, you will know that your new job may be soon within reach.