Let’s face it, getting a job amongst the 100s of other applicants can be a real challenge. Heck, it’s even downright demotivating when you get turned down time and time again or come runner-up five times in a row.
The last thing that you want to run into once you land a job is to be unhappy with it. That’s why it’s important to think about getting a job that meets your personal criteria for great work-life balance. Check out these numbers for some perspective:
- The average job search in the U.S. takes 39.4 weeks
- Nine out of 10 Americans feel they don’t have the flexibility to meet their families’ needs in their existing jobs
- Over half Americans feel they could perform better at work if they were allowed a more flexible schedule
What’s the takeaway here? It’s to get a job that you love and to not settle for something that will leave you unhappy. Using the job search tips and services on this site and the below infographic on Careers with Great Work-Life Balance you should be on a good track to guerilla market your way into a job you love.
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What You Should Consider for Work-Life Balance in Your Career
According to the OECD Better Life Index, some of the major factors that play into how much balance you will have in your life as related to your career include:
Total hours worked per week: Working an above-average amount of hours – 50 or more – may impair your personal health as well as increase your stress levels. It should also be obvious that the more time spent at work the less time spent doing leisure activities or spending time with family. Before choosing a job based on your roles as a professional, consider how much of your free time will be sacrificed doing so and if that tradeoff is worth it.
Fun or leisure rating: There are some jobs that are just plain more fun than others. For example, if you are a Hollywood stuntman and spend time crashing sports cars, jumping off buildings and hanging out with celebrities, you may actually look forward to spending time at work. If you find that your work is fun you are more likely to enjoy yourself and should consider if a dull job will strip the life out of you or if you have enough free time to have fun outside of work to compensate.
Average pay: Pay is an important consideration for any job and for some individuals it is the most significant criteria. Some people are willing to sacrifice pay for a better work-life balance while others are willing to spend more time at work if it means that they will have a significant salary.
Growth potential: Are you looking to have upward mobility within your career? Are you seeking a career that ensures you’ll be able to make significantly more money down the road? Consider if the career you are seeking puts you in a position to grow professionally, individually or financially and how important that is to you.
Flexibility: If you want a job that allows you to work from home, create your own hours, trade shifts with coworkers or work part-time, flexibility is likely very important to you. People with familial responsibilities, such as working moms, place flexibility very high on their list of job criteria and this is an important consideration for anyone who has other duties to attend to throughout the week.
Stress: We mentioned above that stress can have an effect on your personal health. People handle stress differently and those who want no stress in their careers should determine what types of jobs afford them this luxury.
What is the Perfect Job for You?
When deciding what the best job for you is consider the things that you value most in life. Once you have an idea of these things, these items you can’t compromise, you’ll be better suited to seek professions that allow you to meet these needs. While there will always be some give and take in terms of flexibility and your job, at least you’ll go into your search with a good idea of what you want most.
What if I told you there was a success “system,” invented by Benjamin Franklin in the 1730s, that helped create millionaires in the 1930s, when unemployment stood at 25%?
Do you think it might help you find a job faster today, with unemployment at less than 9%?
If you’re interested, I’ll describe this system, which can make sure you stay on track and do more of the right things each day, getting you hired faster for the job you want.
You’ll need two items: a small notebook and a pencil. An Excel spreadsheet is a very helpful third component, but don’t let the lack of one stop you from getting started.
What are you going to do?
Track, analyze, and improve how you spend your time every working day.
Because your time is your life. Do the right things with your time, and you’ll get the right results in your life. In your case, the result you seek is a new job.
Here are the 5 simple steps to this ingenious system …
1) Carry a small pocket notebook around from the time you wake up until you stop your job-search efforts in the evening.
2) Record how you spend your time in increments of 5 minutes. Examples:
- 6:00-6:25 Wake, exercise
- 6:25-6:45 Breakfast
- 6:45-7:00 Shower
- 7:00-7:30 Watch TV news
- 7:30-8:10 Answer emails
- 8:10-9:30 Search online for job listings
3) Each evening, add up the minutes you spent on each activity and organize them into three categories: Productive, Personal, and Wasted.
Productive time is anything that produces job leads. Examples: calling friends to network, meeting other job seekers to help each other, interviewing employees of your target employer to learn about the corporate culture, etc.
Personal time is anything spent on yourself and not your job search. Examples: eating, running errands, exercise breaks, etc.
Wasted time is anything that served no useful purpose. Examples: checking sports scores, idle chatter, checking email every 15 minutes, etc.
Add up your time in these three areas on a sheet of paper or use an Excel spreadsheet.
4) At the end of the week, analyze your efforts. Here’s where you’ll get insights that can change your life.
Example: When I first tracked my time, I found I had spent 360 minutes in one week reading and answering email. That works out to 24 hours — one full day of life — every month pecking away at email. Unacceptable.
So I resolved to check email only twice a day. And I easily cut that time down to 240 minutes, saving two hours a week and 8 hours per month. Better.
But I never would have known where I was wasting time had I not tracked each day in detail.
Tip: After speaking to thousands of job seekers over the years, here’s where you’re probably wasting time each day:
• Checking email several times an hour. Twice a day is enough — morning and late afternoon. Anyone who really wants to reach you will call.
• Doing personal errands or chores. Running to the store for milk or mowing the lawn won’t get you hired. Only meeting with hiring authorities will get you hired.
• Failure to network. Networking is like exercise: You have to do it every day to produce results. Block off at least two hours a day for calling people and being useful to them while reminding them of your job search.
5) Finally, commit to taking more productive actions each day, fewer personal ones, and none at all that are wasteful. Will you succeed perfectly? No. Will you improve simply by observing your efforts? Yes.
This system has its roots in “The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin,” in which Franklin described tracking his time daily in a notebook, with the goal of adopting 13 virtues as new habits.
You’ll also find a variant of it in chapters 3 and 19 of “The Success System That Never Fails,” by W. Clement Stone, who started amassing a fortune selling life insurance during the Great Depression.
Now. If scribbling in a notebook every few minutes and reviewing your day every evening seems onerous, don’t worry. It gets easier as you go, thanks to this fact of physics: It takes more energy to overcome inertia and get moving from a standstill (your old habits) than to maintain that movement (your new habit of tracking time).
Try this system for 21 days. You will be pleasantly shocked at how much more efficient you become in all that you do, starting with your job search.
Perry Martel have long advocated that individuals develop a personal “brand”. One of the best ways of doing this is through a web presence. What prevents most people from standing up a website is either cost or site quality.
I’m writing to you to tell you about QuickSilk Inc. a company I met recently who have solved these issues through an Indiegogo campaign. QuickSilk is a Software as a Service (SaaS) offering which empowers non-technical users to build high quality websites in hours. No coding is required and the results are spectacular.
QuickSilk was designed for medium sized business, but because anyone can use it their Indiegogo campaign is focused on individuals and businesses of less than 5 employees.
I’m using QuickSilk to enable our Guerrilla Boot Camp students. I strongly encourage you to visit their campaign page, make a pledge, and get access to their software at a 90% + discount for 6 years to build your “brand”.
The campaign ends on April 23rd so you’ll need to move on this soon. Should you have any questions please call Allan Place – VP Sales & Marketing at QuickSilk – +1-613-883-4783.
Coauthor Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters
Managing partner, Perry-Martel International Inc.
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The average job hunt in America is 37+ weeks and although I know you have no intention of being ‘average’ and loosing that many paychecks, I thought you would appreciate this article by Chenell over at Bright Cents on how to get out of debt like a pro so you can live a little more frugally now and get ahead faster when you land.
It’s also a great reminder for those of you who may not have headed my advice and signed up at HARO (Help a Reporter Out) to be found as an expert for some journalist somewhere AND get published and FOUND. Being FOUND or noticed is more and more part of getting hired or at least called and asked ‘please consider this opportunity please…’ Your digital footprint is important.