We all know that job searching can eat up a lot of time. First, you have to find a job to apply to. Then, you have to complete those awful applications that make you include so much information that no one even reads.
I know firsthand that finding a career you love with a very busy schedule can work, you just have to use your time wisely and efficiently.
Here are three job search strategies to use if you are short on time:
#1: Target Your Ideal Career
Take out a piece of paper. Write down the name of 1-3 job titles that you would LOVE to have. Then, write down everyone you know that is already in the job title or industry and contact them for an informational interview.
I usually tell my clients that if you don’t know many people, it means you are underinvested and you need to add more people in those fields to your network. There are a few different ways you can find people in the career field you want:
Search Twitter, Facebook, and blogs for people with the same interests as you and connect with them. Send them a message or email and see if you can ask them a few questions over the phone.
Google the company or industry you want to work for and find someone who works there. Cold call them and see if you can ask them some questions over the phone. (This gets easier the more you do them. The first call is always the hardest!)
Join a LinkedIn group in your career field and message someone with your dream job title. Ask them for 15 minutes for an informational interview over the phone.