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Time Management Tips for Job Hunting Success

Part of your success in getting your ideal job will be the time management skills that you demonstrate throughout the whole process of job hunting, applying and being interviewed. So many people fail to meet their own expectations in getting a job because they haven’t properly prepared. Listed below are 7 time management tips for job hunting success.

1. Devote specific time to job hunting

If you’re seriously looking for a job, then you need to devote specific time to it. You will waste time if you do it in an ad hoc fashion. Decide when, where and how often you’re going to be looking for a job and stick to it.

2. Manage the application process

Filling in application forms and personal statements, or writing a specific type of CV and cover letters always takes more time than you think. So as soon as you receive a job application pack schedule the time needed to complete it and get it in on time. Do not try emailing it 5 minutes before the deadline. If you do, the technology will inevitably fail.

3. Be interview ready

As soon as you’re about to start job hunting then it makes sense to be interview ready. Make sure your CV is up to date, you have an interview ready, your mobile phone is charged, you have access to money to travel and any other preparations that you can do.

4. Prepare thoroughly for an interview

Once you’ve received notice of an interview, make sure that you set up a schedule from that point to the day before the interview to complete all your preparations. Again this is not something you should try and do at the last moment. Not only will you have to be familiar with any of the information that you’ve been sent, you should do some additional research of your own. In this schedule you should also allocate some time to practising your interview techniques with someone.

5. Don’t burn the midnight oil

It’s never wise to try and burn the midnight oil when attending a job interview the following day. Make sure that you are fully prepared early evening so that you can have a good nights rest.

6. Arrive early

No one is going to be impressed if you’re late for a job interview. I was late once (getting stuck on the motorway) and the Principal of the college I was being interviewed kept saying things and then turning to me saying that I would already know that if I had arrived on time!

7. Speak at the right pace

Managing your time when you’re speaking at an interview is really important. Speak too slowly and you will bore or irritate the interviewer. On the other hand if you speak too quickly and people can’t follow what you’re saying that’s no better. Control your nerves and your breathing and make sure that you speak at the right pace, whether you’re answering or asking questions or whether you’re giving a presentation. You also need to manage your time if you have any tests or exercises to complete to make sure that you finish within the given time.


You may not automatically think that your personal time management can have such an impact on you getting your ideal job, but it can. It’s really important that you manage your time to finding suitable jobs to apply for, take enough time to read through application packs and prepare for an interview. During the interview it’s equally important that you manage your time during any presentations or tests as the speed of your speech so all the key points you want to make are heard and understood.

How good are you at managing your time when applying for a job?

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