This is the second of a three part series of blog posts with
20 five-minute tasks listed per post…

Some job search tasks require a little time to complete. For instance, it will take more than five minutes to create your Job Application Summary and your Job Search Datasheet. Other tasks, however, can take just a few minutes. The fact that these tasks can be completed in a short period in no way diminishes their importance. And while each task doesn’t require a lot of time, each task does demand intense focus. 

Job search stale and lacking meaningful activity? Each of these tasks has the possibility to truly jump starting your search. Be prepared to spend some time following up with the activity you will generate!

The time you take to complete any one of the five-minute job search tasks on this list could be the most important five minutes of your job search.

How to make this list work for you
Here is the list. Most of the tasks are appropriate for any point in your job search. No task on this list should take more than five minutes (unless you decide you want it to). There are as many ways to use the list as there are personalities and priorities. (Most should be repeated throughout your search. Keep this in mind as you develop your strategy.) Here are a few tricks my clients have used:
  • Set a daily appointment to complete your five-minute task on your Outlook calendar. Call it "Huddle with New Employer".  Categorize it the color green for money.
  • Before you sign off on your job search tasks for the day, do one five- minute task.
  • Give one of your kids the job of alerting you to do a five-minute task each day.  Make it fun.  Rule:  when your kid says go you have to stop whatever you are doing and complete the task. 
  • Do your 5 minute task at 8am today, 9am tomorrow, 10am the next day, well, you get the picture. 
  • Challenge yourself to complete your five-minute task in 4 minutes or 3 minutes.
  • Completed your five- minute" task?  Announce your success on Facebook or Twitter.  Introvert?  Record it on an Excel spreadsheet, journal, or Outlook calendar.

Got five minutes? Do this!
[See a previous blog post for the first 20 five-minute tasks.]

21.  Review, and update if needed, your email signature.  

22.  Google “how to use Twitter to get a job”. List three actions you could take now.

23.  Contact a recruiter in your industry.

24.  Develop an email response to welcome anyone who follows you on Twitter.
       (You will get new followers from all those re-tweets.)

25.  Research local job search groups, events, or other “face to face” opportunities to meet others.

26.  Send a lead to another jobseeker.

27.  Sign up for a free online course to fill a gap in a technical or soft skill.

28.  Research volunteer opportunities. Focus on ones that would fill a skill or experience gap
       or use your skills to help others.

29.  Search YouTube to create a list of learning opportunities. 

30.  Find your groove.Create a weekly job search schedule. Experiment with focusing
       on certain tasks on designated days or times of the day. 

31.  Read an industry news article.

32.  Call a supportive friend focusing the call solely on ways you can support their efforts.

33.  Send a role or industry-related article to former colleagues, interviewers (where you
       didn’t get the job), recruiters, or new contacts.

34.  Search for 10 new connections on Linkedin (ex. industry or role recruiters, thought leaders,
       recommendations for your current connections).

35.  Invite members of your groups to connect on Linkedin.

36.  Research Twitter to locate Linkedin connections and “follow” them to deepen the relationship.

37.  Google “how to use Linkedin to get a job”.  List three actions you could take now. 

38.  Sign up for helpful online newsletters such as Lifehack Daily and The Simple Dollar.

39.  Review your check register to see if there are places you could reduce expenses.

40.  Search Linkedin profiles to learn from the career paths of those in your desired role.

Look for the next 20 five-minute tasks in this series next week...

What I hope you learned from this post:
You can get a lot done in five minutes.  What you do in those five minutes may be more critical to your job search success than tasks that take considerably longer. 

What you should do:
Take advantage of small amounts of time to accomplish big results.

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