This is the third of a series of three blog posts with 20 tasks in each…

Some job search tasks require a little time. It will take more than five minutes to create your Job Application Summary and your Job Search Datasheet, for instance. 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 requires a brief amount of time, it does demand intense focus. 

Job search stale and lacking meaningful activity? Each of these tasks has the possibility to truly jumpstart your search. Plan 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. 

Here are a few tricks my clients have used to ensure they kept up with these tasks:
  • Use the old “Dr. Pepper” schedule. Complete an action on the list at 10am, 2pm, and 4pm
  • Arrange with a buddy to text each other on a schedule or at random times complete a task.
  • Start and end each day with a task.
One more thing! You won’t need to do a few of these tasks for one reason or another. If that’s the case, simply duplicate a task that is particularly critical to your search and is best done repeatedly. 

Got five minutes? Do this!
41.  Send a direct message to the author of a tweet that you liked.

42.  Call a friend who is struggling with a personal or professional issue and listen.

43.  Update the list of companies you are following on glassdoor.com.

44.  Email an article of interest to a new Linkedin connection.

45.  Tweet an industry article or an article from an industry influencer.

46.  Google “[your industry] influencers in 2015.”

47.  Start a discussion in a Linkedin group.

48.  Change your status in Linkedin.

49.   Ask for advice on an aspect of your job search in one of your Linkedin groups.

50.  Review opportunities to volunteer in your community.

51.  Review, and update as needed, your Linkedin, Facebook, and Twitter pictures.

52.  Post one of your job search challenges on a Facebook group and ask for help. 

53.  Research industry, role or business-related books to read in Amazon.

54.  Create reminders to re-tweet daily and follow up on Linkedin discussions.

55.  Text or email your Board of Advisors a job search-related question that can be answered 
        with a word or phrase (example: what one skill do you think is most important for
        [your desired new role?]. 

56.  Develop an email template for contacting recruiters in your industry or role.

57.  Contact a recruiter.

58.  Congratulate someone on an accomplishment with a meaningful note. Finish the note with a
        question to keep the conversation going.

59.  Thank someone for something with a meaningful note. (Ex. a Linkedin recommendation
        or endorsement, insights shared in a Linkedin group discussion or in a local job search group

60.  Write and send “by snail mail” a thank you note to someone who helped you get your new job.
       Offer to support him or her. 

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.

Please share this post with someone who is looking to find a job fast!



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