By CAREEREALISM Staff Lots has been written about the power of networking to find work - and rightly so. Statistics show overwhelmingly most jobs are landed via referral. It's estimated there are actually millions of job openings right now that aren't posted. Thus, the argument for networking to find a 'secret' job posting is a valid one. BUT, That Doesn't Mean You Shouldn't Utilize a 'Job Search Engine' to Find Work! Notice, I said job search engine. That's because a job search engine is different from a job board. Job boards have been getting a bad rap lately due to the increased number of bogus listings and scams found on them. This negative press has caused many job seekers to ignore the technological advancements made in on-line job search in the last year. In fact, job search engines have actually created new opportunities for savvy job seekers to get a leg-up on their competition. Here's how... 20,000+ Companies Have Posted Jobs Directly on Their Corporate Websites...Do You Know Which Ones? Due to the overwhelming number of job applicants companies were getting when they paid to post a job on traditional job boards, many businesses have opted to stop paying to post on these sites. They just couldn't handle the volume of resumes - many of which were from people who weren't qualified for the job. Instead, they chose to only post the job on their corporate website. In short, here's how the process works today: When a job opens up, the company announces it internally so employees can spread the word to their friends via social media (there's that networking thing again!), and then they post the job on their site so only people who are truly interested in working for them will find it. By creating these job seeker hoops, they don't get overwhelmed with applications and find the quality of the applicant (in terms of their skills being a match for the job) increases significantly. Good News! A Job Search Engine Can Find These Job Postings for You A job search engine is designed to go out and find any of the jobs that are posted directly on company sites. It then compares these job postings to ones found on major job boards like Monster.com and removes the duplicates. In short, it shows you the jobs only posted on the corporate website. A job search engine offers a job seeker the chance to find out about jobs they would have otherwise never heard of. And, since the engine is updating in real-time, you can run searches daily to ensure you are one of the first to know about a new opening. Better News! We've Got a Job Search Engine for Our Loyal Readers We've partnered with a firm and created our own job search engine for our CAREEREALISM readers. It's FREE for you to use, but we are holding access to it hostage. Only our weekly newsletter subscribers can use it. To become a newsletter subscriber, simply add your e-mail address here. You will receive our info-packed newsletter once a week (we never SPAM, only send you top content and resources), and you can unsubscribe at any time. So, if you want to test out our new job search engine for yourself, join our newsletter and we will send you access to it instantly! Email Marketing You Can Trust
January 28, 2022
Want to be more productive but not sure how? Whether you are working or job seeking or both, using the following tips will help you bridge the gap between where you are right now and where you want to be in the future.
1. Time Management
Choose the best part of your day and use it wisely. Time management is a catch-all phrase for planning but without it very little gets done. I believe we must create our life and that goes with how and what we spend our time on.
For example, when I'm writing, I choose morning because that's when I feel most creative and can seem to channel my thoughts onto paper. When I was job searching, I would only accept an interview in the morning because I wanted to show up at my personal best and my energy is lower in the afternoon.
Not only will you look and feel better, but you'll also have a sense of accomplishment, which will create momentum in other areas. There are so many benefits to exercise and I'm a huge fan. Knowing yourself will help you engage in the right activity at the right time of day.
For example, I work out in the middle of the day because that's when I need a lift. I go to the gym because instructor-led group exercise is more motivating to me. Consider hiring a personal trainer or trying one of these activities: cardio, weight training, running, playing sports, yoga, Pilates, walking.
There are no excuses for not exercising. It is the single most important thing you can do for your health. It will also propel you forward in your work life and job search activities because you will feel good about yourself.
3. Being Reactive
Living in a non-stop world these days can wreak havoc on your health, relationships, and productivity. If you are someone who does whatever comes up and jumps from activity to activity, then chances are you aren't being very productive.
Multitasking is necessary at times, but I wonder if people actually accomplish more or less. I have seen incredibly people pull off multitasking and I'm in awe of their talent. Sadly, I'm not one of them. I'm someone who takes charge by starting and completing tasks before moving on to the next thing. Knowing which one of these people you are can work to your advantage and increase your productivity.
4. Priority List
It's a game changer. Either you run the day or the day runs you. Writing out a priority list on things that are most important to you right now will help you to stay focused on what you want and off of what you don't want. You've developed the criteria for making decisions and your life flows better because you're connected to what you want.
5. Setting Boundaries
I find it necessary to set boundaries with people because, when I do, it helps protect my energy and mood and I'm honoring my time. For example, I won't take phone calls in the morning. I have also stopped listening to victim stories because I find them very draining. I also choose to work from inspiration—not obligation—and this helps me eliminate time spent doing things I don't want to do and opens up time for activities that fill me up and move me forward.
6. Commuting And Traffic
Commuting can be such a huge productivity killer. People spend hours every week stuck in traffic. Do the research and see if there are ways that you can obtain the same results through an online meeting or phone call. Can you work from home? Plan what you will do to make your time in the car productive? These are valuable ways to reduce your time held hostage in traffic.
If you want to be more productive in life and in your career, focus on these six things first. Chances are at least one of these tips will work for you!
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This article was originally published at an earlier date.
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