How to make time for a new job

People often say that looking for a new job can be a job in itself, and if you’re already employed, it can be even more difficult to find the time to secure that new role.

There are however, tried and tested ways you can manage your time effectively to give yourself the opportunity you deserve.  

  • Remind yourself what is motivating you to find a new job. Whether you’re overworked and stressed, seeking a new challenge or don’t get on with your boss, there are a plethora of reasons people change jobs. But a large majority of professionals also stay in their jobs unhappily year after year because they lack the time or energy to apply and interview for a new role.

    Remind yourself of the benefits that a new job in a new environment could have for you, such as greater levels of job satisfaction or just feeling happier. Regularly prompting yourself to think about how much more improved your job situation could be is a great way to encourage yourself to embrace change.
  • Utilise SEEK tools and resources to take the work out of the search. At SEEK, we know the rate at which job ads appear and disappear on the site, and when you can’t spend nine to five at your desk keeping up-to-date with the newest opportunities, why not let technology do it for you?

    You can outsource the search for a new job simply by registering a SEEK profile and setting up JobMail. All you have to do is pre-set your search criteria and you’ll receive daily emails with the latest job ads posted on SEEK that match what you’re looking for.
  • Set aside some time each day dedicated to your job search. Someone wise once said, “If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it.” Why not apply this concept to your job search? Schedule a designated amount of time each week to update your resume, write cover letters, apply for jobs and send follow up emails. All you need is half an hour, two or three evenings a week, so there’s no need to feel like you’re missing out on leisure time.

    If you’re networking with new people or landing job interviews, schedule meetings either at the start or end of the day. You’d be surprised how much you can squeeze into a 24-hour day!
  • Depending on your relationship, be up-front with your manager. In some cases, an employee may have a supportive and friendly enough relationship with their manager to feel comfortable to share their desire to move onto a new role. While the majority of us need to tread lightly, broaching the idea with your manager in the right context could open doors to new opportunities within your current organisation. 
You can outsource the search for a new job simply by registering a SEEK profile and setting up JobMail.