Tips to Find a Job While Working Full-Time from Home

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    Finding a new job is another full-time job!

    Is this you - your job pays decent money, and you’re living an OK life on that salary. You put off launching your job search week after week, trying to ignore the frustration you feel at yourself for doing nothing.

    It’s one thing to find a job when you’re unemployed. Sure, it’s terrifying—but when you have no choice and all the time in the world, you can dive into finding your next great gig with a sense of immediacy and purpose. How do you apply that same feeling to job searching when you’re gainfully employed?
     
    AND how are you supposed to land a new job while working from home? The balancing act is unreal some days, right?! But here's the reality: People still do search and find jobs while employed. A lot. ESPECIALLY now while working at home. find a job
    Here's a stat for you: The majority of job hunting occurs from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm during the week, according to ZipRecruiter's data. Activity peaks from 1:00 to 2:00 pm on the online jobs marketplace and Tuesdays are the most popular day to job hunt.
    I know you may be overwhelmed by all that is out there and the status of the economy right now, so I want you to take these steps to make the search more efficient.
     
    1. Set Boundaries
    Job hunting can take over your life, so it helps to designate a specific time.
     
    Create blocks of time for the search so there is a start and end time, otherwise it seems endless." For example, Mondays may be used for applying online, Tuesdays to update your resume or Thursdays to schedule networking dates.
     
    2. Schedule Interviews Strategically
    Normally, running out for an interview in the middle of the day, or taking a half day from work would be disruptive and perhaps people may question. 
     

    "Employers are starved for [top] talent. If they picked you out of an applicant pool, they will accommodate whatever time it is you want to talk."

    IAN SIEGEL, CEO OF ZIPRECRUITER

     

    Try arranging an interview first thing in the morning or later in the afternoon or early evening makes it easier to stay focused at your current job and avoid having to come up with excuses on why you are taking long breaks in the middle of the day.
     
    Mini tip: Getting a glimpse at the office in the evening can also provide clues of a company's culture and work-life balance.
     
    So what if a middle-of-the-day interview can't be avoided? Just try not to miss any meetings at work. And DEFINITELY keep your excuses simple. You don't need to give a detailed explanation. For example, try, "I have to take care of something, I should be in the office a little later. If anything urgent comes up, text me."
     
    If you know there are going to be many rounds of interviews, there's nothing wrong with asking if they can all be scheduled for the same day and take the day off. This can relieve a lot of stress too!
     
    3. Do Your Current Job EVEN Better
     
    You might be in overdrive with the added stress of job hunting, but don't slack off at work. Do your job better than you ever have. The idea is that the moment you walk in and tell your current employer you are leaving, you want for them to feel an acute loss.
     
    When you have a strong track record, that can also lead to a bidding war (you'll want to ask me about my experience on this!). I heard it put clearly awhile back, "The only way to find out your maximum value is in an auction. Your best case scenario is your employer saying 'what do I need to do to keep you here?'
     
    4. Don't be Paranoid
     
    It might seem like everyone knows you are looking for a new job, but how you react and handle the situation is important.
     
    People tend to be more paranoid than they need to be. If someone asks why you keep running to the conference room to take a call, keep it simple. Treat the situation like it's no big deal. Just say you have a personal situation or the office was too loud. 
     
    What do you do if your boss actually ASKS you whether you are job searching?
     
    Well, that isn't necessarily a bad thing! This could be an opportunity to discuss a salary increase, be given more responsibility or perhaps you can get more training or resources.
     
    Working professionals have way too much anxiety about employers getting angry and taking some sort of punitive action. If your employer finds out you are unhappy, it is an opportunity for a conversation, right?!
     
    So here's the thing: The key to finding time to job search isn't to create more free time, but to use your time wisely. Spare time on breaks and after hours and FOCUS on a few opportunities....then you'll be well on your way to landing that next step in your career before you know it!
     
    Need help conquering that next step in your career? Schedule a FREE 15 min call with me and let's create a specific action plan for YOU!