How to Find a Job When You’re Already Working

Finding a new job can be a full-time job in and of itself. Finding the right job for yourself can take even more time and work. So, how can this be accomplished when you’re already working full time?
It’s not easy or simple, but finding the right job can be done even when you’re fully employed. It takes patience, organization, resourcefulness, and, yes, hard work!
But, you’re already used to hard work, so this won’t be as difficult as you might think. You’ll need to set aside some dedicated time each week, but it is how you manage this time that is most important. Here are our 10 top tips to help you reach your goal.
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10 Tips on Finding the Right Job When You’re Already Working

  1. Pre-plan. Know what’s important to you, what you’re looking for, and when and where to start your job search. Pre-planning is important because you don’t want to waste your valuable time. Set up some short-term career goals, stay organized, and be efficient.
  2. Prioritize. Spend time on the most important activities, such as networking and informational meetings. Networking is how jobs are found, so make networking a top priority.
  3. To-Do List. Create a daily, prioritized to- do list. Develop an understanding of which activities are the most important to your job search and set your goals around them. For example, making telephone calls to follow up on submitted résumés may be more productive than searching the Web all day.
  4. Organize. Be an efficiency expert when it comes to your job search. That means create an efficient work space, develop a system for keeping track of job leads, and contacts—whether it’s through Outlook, Excel, or ACT! for Windows—and stay organized. No matter what type of organizational device it is, you must have a system.
  5. Support. Build your own support network for your job search. If you lack self-discipline, and many of us do, find a job-search group or link up with a job-search buddy. Together, you can accomplish your goals of finding a new job.
  6. Be Resourceful. Even if you’re working 50 to 60 hours a week, take advantage of those non-working work hours—lunch breaks, driving or commuting to and from work, getting up earlier—to network, make calls, or schedule and hold an informational meeting.
  7. Informational Meetings. Scheduling and participating in informational meetings are more important than you might think. They can help you acquire the appropriate knowledge about whether a company or career choice is right for you, while extending your network of contacts. Don’t hesitate to call former supervisors, co-workers, college alumni, business contacts, and friends for an informational meeting. And many of these can be arranged before or after work when it is more convenient for you.
  8. One Extra Day. Studies show that many of us don’t use all of our vacation time or personal days. Think about using one full vacation day or personal day—just one eight-hour shift—for your job search. That time, if it is well spent and well organized, could make all the difference.
  9. Consider a Coach. If all these attempts at self-directing your job search fail or if you’re just getting good at ignoring your own directives, consider working with a career coach. A coach will help you stay organized, hold you accountable, give you new direction and strategies, and help keep you on course to reach your goals.
  10. Self-Care. This isn’t listed last because it is the least important. Looking for a new job can be very stressful. Don’t forget to take care of yourself. Remember to exercise, eat healthy, and sleep well. And occasionally take a weekend off from your household chores, your work life, and your job search to relieve the stress in your life. Things will get better.