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Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Breaking down tasks in your job search

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 by Andrew Conkling

Unemployment can be overwhelming, but this week's tip, shared by skylar.curtis, discusses a way to help break down things that you can do to help find a job.

Bob checking out jobs (don't worry, he still works here!)

I graduated law school and took the bar exams about a month ago. This means that I've been unemployed for about 4 months, and I've never been unemployed before. It can be very difficult, stressful, and depressing.

So I turned to RTM. I have a lot of free time, so why not use it to finally implement GTD properly instead of the halfway approach I've used for years?

I'm discovering that RTM helps me structure my job search into small, meaningful, and DO-ABLE steps. It helps break down that overwhelming feeling in the job hunt.

If you aren't sure what kinds of actions you should be scheduling, contact your state employment office, career offices at post-high school education (even if you didn't go there, they might talk to you!), guidance counselors at your high school, or even the internet! There are virtually limitless ways to enhance your job hunt. The trick is mixing the traditional with the bold and not taking on more than you can chew. Make it manageable, measurable, and not time-consuming. By keeping action items short in time (I recommend 20 minutes or less), you can avoid that overwhelmed, I'll-never-get-this-done feeling.

Be sure to read the forum post for a detailed list of examples.

Thanks for sharing this tip, skylar.curtis! You're our Tips & Tricks Tuesday winner this week.

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