How many hours a day to spend on Job Search for the unemployed?

What are some good guidelines and what to do with that time (networking v. cold call v. internet search, etc.)?

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3 Responses to “How many hours a day to spend on Job Search for the unemployed?”

  1. tryingtohelp says:

    It of course depends if you have kids or not. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to spend 4 or more hours a day. The best thing you can do is make sure your resume and cover letter match with the job that you’re applying for. Don’t give up!

  2. ckgillis_99 says:

    If you are out of work your new full time job is looking for a job. That means 40 hours a week. If you want a job don’t rest until you have one.
    First thing to realize: most jobs are found through personal reference – not want ads, the internet, corporate jobs, etc. That means you have to network. Get your resume together and have the smartest person you know review it. Then give a copy to everyone you know and ask them to help you in your career search. You will be amazed at how many people are just a degree or two away from you. Join a networking group, either online or in your community. Attend job fairs. Continue to do the traditional things – post your resume on all the jobs sites online, search the want ads, and cold call places – jsut don’t get discouraged. Make a notebook of your progress, document everything.
    Spend your entire day looking for a new job. Why? Because everyone else who is looking for a job is doing the same thing you are. The workplace is very competitive. I had 500 applicants for a receptionist position. 500! When it comes down to brass tacks it is very hard to distinguish yourself from other applicants. Spend some money and buy a nice interview outfit. Think about it – you are looking for a job that will be your sole source of income – your home, your health, your family, your future – everything depends on your ability to make a living. Knowing that, take the search seriously and take a long term view. Ask yourself this: where will I be in one year, in five years, and in ten years.
    Hang in there and good luck.

  3. joan_mershon says:

    The rule of thumb is to spend as much time looking for work as you woudl spend working – if you are looking for a 40 hour/week job, you should spend 40 hours a week in “job search” activities.

    Only some of that will be in actually filling out applications. Target your efforts to the activities that are most effective:
    Ads – 5% (2hr/wk)
    Agencies – 5% (2hr/wk)
    Online – 4% (2hr/wk)
    Targeted Mailing – 8% (3hr/wk)
    Networking – 31% (12hr/wk)
    Cold Calling – 47% (19hr/wk)