7 Ways To Boost Productivity In Your Graduate Job Search
Whether you are studying, working at home or job hunting it can be difficult to keep focused. The blurred lines between home life and work life can be tricky to manage and cause productivity levels to plummet. As a recent graduate seeking the perfect graduate job you may find yourself falling down a rabbit hole instead of tackling the task at hand. You will be pleased to know you are not alone.
There are some simple changes that you can make to help keep your focus razor sharp and see your efficiency increase.
What do you want to achieve?
The first thing that you should do is set yourself some goals. Start with an overarching big picture goal, for example the career path you wish to pursue. Next set yourself smaller goals to help you to achieve your main goal. Here are some examples:
-Do you need additional qualifications? How can you go about obtaining these?
-Increase your network, both on social media and by contacting people who work in the field that you are interested in. Increase your network by a set number each week.
-Volunteer, seek work experience or apply for internships
-Thoroughly research your chosen field.
-Set a target number of roles to apply for per week.
-Rewrite your CV.
-Record a video CV.
All of your goals but in particular your main goals should be SMART. Keep a track of them and don’t lose sight of your aim. If you ever feel disheartened remember what your end career goal is and keep going, make adjustments along the way but don’t give up.
Managing your time effectively is imperative if you are going to stay productive in your graduate job search. Don’t fall into the trap of multitasking, time blocking is the way forward.
It is always a good idea to plan for the following day. There are many time management apps out there to help you. Split your tasks into manageable blocks of 45 minutes to an hour and make sure that you take a small break after each block. By focusing on one thing at a time you will find your concentration will be much greater than if you are constantly flitting between tasks.
Take a break
As mentioned in point 2 we can’t stress enough the importance of taking a break. It is easy to keep ploughing through but you will notice that your mind wanders. Taking a short break is enough to bring your mind back into focus.
Breaks are not only beneficial to your productivity but also your wellbeing proven to reduce stress.
Wherever you are conducting your job search try to create a workspace so that your mind automatically makes associations with focusing on the task at hand. Ensure that your workspace is clutter free. Sitting in a messy environment distracts your mind, unconsciously interpreting the mess as things to do. Keep everything that you may need close at hand, grab yourself a drink and snack and settle down, having to keep getting up to find things interrupts your flow making it difficult to really get into the zone.
There are many distractions at home, the latest box set on Netflix, chores, your phone notifying you of one hundred things an hour. Recognise what you are distracted by and tackle it head on. Switch off notifications. Begin each day with an hour of chores so that you don’t have to think about them again leaving you free to focus. Why not reward yourself with an episode of your favourite show for completing your tasks? Which brings us to the next point.
It is so important to reward yourself for the small wins. Each completed task, no matter how small it may seem is a step closer to achieving your goal. Celebrating these wins helps to keep you positive in what can be a long road to the career you will love.
Some great rewards and incentives are:
-A coffee break.
-A delve into social media.
-Catching up on a group chat.
-Meeting a friend.
It doesn’t really matter what it is so long as it works for you.
Take care of yourself
Self care isn’t selfish. You need to look after your body and mind in order to be the best and most productive that you can be in your graduate job search. It is too easy to burn out, especially with the added pressures at the moment. Exercise is a great all rounder keeping both your body and mind in top condition. If you can exercise outdoors even better. Nothing beats fresh air for clearing the mind. If you don’t already have a hobby, find something that you love to do and do it. Finally it is important to socialise, friendships and relationships are a great motivator and support when you are searching for your graduate job.
Follow these tips and you will find that you feel more focused and productive in your graduate job search.
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