Money Matters: The Two Hour Job Hunt

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Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Unless you're unemployed, job hunting eight hours a day is unrealistic.

Even if you do have plenty of time, the effort can be demoralizing and tiring. But Alina Dizik from Fins Sales and Marketing says all you may need is 2 hours a day.

Here's how the experts say you should organize your time to find a job in two hours.

1. 3 to 5 minutes - Organize

Create a schedule. Prioritize the tasks you've set out to do. Plan which companies you want to research.

2. 10 to 15 minutes - Research target companies

Check out positions, key managers and recent company developments. That way you can better tailor you resume and cover letter.

3. 10 to 15 minutes - Find connections

See if you have personal connections to current or previous employees on your target list. Find the exact email and phone number for each number for each contact so you can address each person by name.

4. 10 to 15 minutes - Log onto social networks

Reply to a hiring manager via twitter, check for job openings, used linkedin groups to interact with your target industry.

5. 20 to 25 minutes - Reach out to contacts

Send out introductory messages with your resume attached. Don't get discouraged; only a minority will ever respond.

6. 20 to 25 minutes - Following up

Make time to stay in touch via email or phone. Don't be too forward in your approach, but ask for a meeting where you'd like to share your ideas.

7. 10 to 15 minutes - Schedule personal introductions

Striving for a personal introduction is key. Suggest a quick meeting over breakfast, coffee or lunch. Be patient.

8. 5 minutes - Add in accountability

For a low tech approach, ask a friend or family member to help you track your progress. Or you can use a site like stickk.com, which gives users incentives to achieve personal goals.

There you have it: find a job in 2 hours. Of course, be flexible. If you don't have two hours in one sitting, then split it up.


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