Lost Focus - How to Get your Job Search Back on Track!

Posted by Amanda Wencel on Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Another major killer is losing focus on your job search plan.  When discouraged, we tend to get passive in our job search.  We lose focus on our immediate goals and our long term goals.  Most people who are seeking employment need immediate results - a good job.  Stress sets in and that's when fear and pressure ensues.

If finding a job is your goal, the more focused and planned out your job search is, the quicker you will get one.  A recent client who owns his own business was thinking about how to bring in money during the slower times.  He thought that he could work a part-time job that would bring in consistent pay, and then do his business marketing during the other times.  This would allow him to continue doing what he enjoyed; while also bringing in a steady income. 

What he found was that his focus shifted.  He was no longer building his business by marketing in new ways; because he was too busy looking for a part-time job!  If he obtained that job, it would absolutely have become his new main focus, and his business would have been put on the back burner.  He had to make a choice!

Once we went through a thoughtful career assessment, his decision became clear - he wanted to grow his own business. So he created a finance plan that could help him stay with his current business, organized a new marketing plan and work schedule, and regained focus on what was important to him and what his true goals were.

Assuming that you've already done your self-assessment, created your career plan and you know what type of work you are looking for, here are some great ways to stay on track with your job search:

Decide how much time you have to dedicate to your job search.  If you are unemployed, you will likely have more time to invest, however everyone has their own pressures and schedules.  Be realistic about this, because the more honest and concrete you are, the more chance of success.  A recommendation is a minimum of 2 - 3 hours, five days a week

Create your task list.  Your list could include networking, web searching, face-to-face informational interviewing, company researching, etc.  To-do lists can become overwhelming, however "when you do use them effectively, you'll be much better organized, and you'll be much more reliable.  You'll experience less stress, safe in the knowledge that you haven't forgotten anything important.  More than this, if you prioritize intelligently, you'll focus your time and energy on high value activities, which will mean that you're more productive." https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_05.htm. 

For example: Task: Networking - 4 hours per week

To do's:

  • E-mail friends to let them know that I'm looking for work and send them my resume.  Ask them to pass it along, or let me know if they see positions that might fit my skills.

  • Make new connections on LinkedIn within my preferred companies.

  • Networking group meeting.

Include a schedule with your tasks.  Create a daily schedule, within the timeframe you've allotted, and get specific about what needs to get done.  For example, your networking tasks could look like this on a schedule:


Monday          1-3 p.m.: Networking business meeting

Tuesday         8-8:30 a.m.: Follow up via e-mail with contacts that I met at my networking meeting; send out my resume or career goals.

Wednesday    Day off

Thursday       12-1 p.m.: Research companies of interest on LinkedIn, and make some connections with people who work there.  Send e-mails to introduce myself and get the conversation started.

Friday             8-8:30 a.m.: Send e-mails to these contacts with an introduction as to what I can offer and how I can help them:

                       Contact Name/e-mail:

                       Contact Name/e-mail:

                       Contact Name/e-mail:

                       Contact Name/e-mail:

Track your progress.  In speaking specifically about networking as our example, keep track of how many people you contacted and how many responses you got.  Then track how many leads you received from each of those responses.  Tracking this will allow you to understand where your gains are coming from, and then you know where to put the most effort in on a continual basis.

Find your support to stay on track.  Job searching is frustrating, simply put.  It takes us to new places that can be completely out of our comfort zone.  We have to put ourselves out there in ways we normally wouldn't.  Speaking to other people who are in the same situation as you can help to give you comfort, as you then realize that you are not alone and you can support one another with ideas, tips, and just encouragement at times.  Perhaps you are at a  place where you need a professional to guide you.  Connect with a Career Transition Specialist in your area and discuss with them your current situation, fears, goals.  Sometimes it takes having someone trained in this area to help you regain focus and create a plan that you can sustain and turn into productive reward.

Benjamin Franklin said: By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."  What effort you put out determines how quickly you find not any job but the job you have set your sights on.


If you need help to define your job search plan, feel free to contact me for more information today!

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