JOB HUNT / 24 September 2019
13 Things That Are Getting in the Way of Your Job Search
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Taylor Tomita

Job hunting can almost feel like a full-time job in itself, and if you’re looking for a new job while still working in your existing one, finding the time can be a real struggle. This means you need to work hard on your productivity, so that you’re not wasting precious time and can really focus on the tasks at hand. So it’s important to cut out any bad habits that are affecting your productivity, and therefore getting in the way of your job search.

Luckily, there are scientific studies in this area that can help you work out what you’re doing that could be having a negative impact, so here’s 13 reasons why you’re not as productive as you should be. The first of them might sound counterintuitive and that is to stop skipping breaks, even when you feel like you couldn’t possibly have time to stop working. We need regular breaks to keep us focused and alert, so give yourself a break.

However, there’s a big difference between taking regular breaks and wasting your time procrastinating when you’re meant to be working. Instead of putting off something like writing a series of covering letters in one go, break them up into manageable chunks and reward yourself for each part you complete. You should also try to avoid multitasking where possible because this will affect your attention span. If you’re doing a job application, do just that and give it your full focus. 

When you have applied for jobs, it can become almost a compulsion to keep checking your emails to see if you’ve heard back from a recruiter or company with good news, but this can increase your stress levels which will only have negative impacts on your efforts. Applying for jobs is hard work, but with these tips you can make the most of the time you’re spending on it.