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Time Management for Job Seekers by Tanya Smith

May 13th, 2009 | By | Category: Career Coaching

Time management is like planting seeds for a fruitful harvest –

She considers a [new] field before she buys or accepts it [expanding prudently and not courting neglect of her present duties by assuming other duties]; with her savings [of time and strength] she plants fruitful vines in her vineyard. Proverbs 31:16 (Amplified)

There are so many online tools and resources, massive numbers of classes and books available about how to find that next job.  How does a job seeker find time to find a job if they’re so engrossed in all this stuff!

Well, it’s time to go back to the “old school” ways of managing time – back to the basics – as they say.  When coaching a job seeker around their search, it is important to remind them to be focused. They must treat a job search like it is a job.  Here are a few tips to coach them in doing this:

  • Use a planner to map out their daily job search, networking, and yes – recreational/refreshing – activities.  Jot out a master list of these activities, walk away, the come back & prioritize each using the ABCDE system (A – must get done today; B – would like to if I have time; C – if my critical things get done, I’ll do this; D – delegate out; and E – eliminate completely today)
  • Stick to the plan!  We know there is a difference between knowing what to do and actually doing it. It’s important to meet the committed time they’ve scheduled from bullet 1;
  • Limit time on the computer.  Don’t assume that online networking is the only requirement; this tool is great but it’s a “black hole” of time if not strategized well.  A job seeker must take the time to be in front of as many people as they can;
  • Have a solid follow-up system.  Job seekers must use a tracking system so that they can follow up quickly on any potential leads.  One good tool is the tracker at  They can actually create a free account and store info on the job search journey all in this resource;
  • Remember to refresh daily – i.e. read the Bible, pray and meditate on positive things, take a break, eat (sometimes we forget when we’re so overloaded), exercise, etc.  Whatever it takes, make sure they’ve built in some time for restoration.

These and other strategies will help keep your job seeking clients moving forward towards their next work calling.


Tanya Smith, the Monday Morning Coach, helps super busy professionals find their passion so they can enjoy waking up daily to work they love. Visit her career coaching website or on Facebook at

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