Job-search procrastination can kill your dream of finding the perfect work at home. Check out Sarah’s tips for getting procrastination under control.
People procrastinate for many reasons; one of the most common is fear. Whether it’s fear of the unknown, fear of rejection, or fear of failure, putting off a job-search is a surefire way to guarantee you won’t get that new job.
When you’re applying for jobs, time is of the essence. You need to act quickly if you’re going to make it through the first round of cuts. Following are some ways to beat the procrastination when looking for a job:
Make time every day. Beat that procrastination demon by dedicating time each day to your job search. Set a specific amount of time each day to look for new job postings and apply for the one that suit your skills and experience. Give yourself ample time to search for jobs and apply so you’re not rushed; it’s too easy to make mistakes or omit key points when racing through a task.
Set a tangible goal. Set a goal of many jobs you want to apply for each day. At the end of the week, take a few minutes to assess how you did. If you didn’t reach your goal, figure out why. Did you not find enough jobs to apply for this week, did you put off applying to jobs because of fear, or were you just not putting enough importance on your job search for the week? Whatever the reason, figure why you didn’t meet your goal and then set new, more obtainable goals for next week.
Don’t lie to yourself. It’s easy to convince yourself that later is a better time to start looking for a job. Whatever falsehood you’re trying to convince yourself of, stop it. The only thing you need to convince yourself of is that you need to do is find a job. Now. The only way to do that is to start looking and applying for jobs.
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Remove the excuses. Don’t allow yourself to make excuses why you didn’t meet your daily or weekly goals. Follow the motto of Nike, and “Just do it.” Procrastination is about being honest with yourself. If you hold yourself accountable for your behavior, you will crush the tendency to procrastinate.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Find a career counselor to help you out in your search for a job. Try asking a friend to look over your resume and cover letter and offer advice. Maybe you’ve left something out of your application that just needs a second set of eyes.
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