How to manage your time while aviation job searching

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You’ve already got a busy job.  Maybe it’s in aviation, maybe it’s not, but you’ve made the decision; you’re going to bag your dream aviation job and you’re going to bag it soon.  But your life is hectic.  You’ve identified your dream, but you’re not able to get off the blocks because “real life keeps getting in the way”; so what can you do?

Time is one of today’s most valuable commodities.  Everyone you speak to is short of it and seems to dream of the moment where they have more of it.  So what can you do to make sure you achieve your objectives within your timescales?  Here are 10 great ideas:

  1. Get real.  If you’re a single parent with two or three kids; you work full time and have elderly parents who you help out with, there’s little point in imagining you can spend two or three hours a day achieving your job search objectives.  No matter what your situation – even if you just enjoy going to the gym every evening, time is at a premium, so get real about what you can achieve and what you can’t.

  2. Make a plan.  Once you have identified what may and what may not be possible in your given timescales make a Job Hunting Plan.  Your plan should include what you’re going to do; when you’re going to do it and how you’re going to measure your success.  You might identify such tasks as building up your social media presence, searching job boards and brushing up your CV, but no matter what they are: write them down.  A written plan will act as your GPS when you lose motivation and will get you back on track quickly.  It’s also a fact that written goals are more often achieve than spoken, or worse still, unspoken plans.

  3. Put times around your plan.  A plan without a timescale isn’t really a plan; it’s a list.  Once you’ve identified what you need to do in order to secure your perfect aviation job, set aside some time each day to do what you need to do to make it a reality.  Once you’ve decided how many jobs you can feasibly apply for each week or each month, write that down and stick to it.

  4. Monitor your plan.  A plan is a living document, something that should change as time goes by.  Make sure you monitor your Job Search Plan regularly and be critical about your performance.  At the end of the day if you’re not being honest with yourself, there’s only one person who’ll lose out and that’s you.

  5. Look at the rest of your life.  If you’re finding that you’re short of the time you need to get your job hunt properly on track, you need to look at other parts of your life to see where you can economise an hour or so here and save a few minutes there.  Even a few minutes saved throughout your day can add up to a significant amount of time at the end of every week.  To do this successfully, you need to stop and ask yourself what you’re doing with your time and where you could make savings.

  6. Factor in time for you.  Remember that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy and Jill a dull girl.  Employers tend not to choose “dull” when there’s an alternative – so make time for yourself to pursue your hobbies, catch up with friends and spend valuable time with your family.  A clear “life all-rounder” is a really attractive option in a candidate line up.

  7. Learn to respect time.  If you’re someone who knows you’re not efficient with your time; wise up.  Time is something you can’t buy, but you can create more of it for yourself.  Learning to critically look at how you use your time each day as well as ridding yourself of things that drain your time unnecessarily are great life-skills that will stand you in good stead in the workplace as well as in your personal life.

  8. Finish what you start.  Finishing unfinished projects reluctantly always takes more time than finishing them when they’re in full flow and you’re still enthusiastic about them.  If you’re someone who has a thousand unfinished projects floating around in your personal and professional space, get them finished.  You’ll feel a whole lot better and you’ll free up a ton of time.

  9. Prioritise.  If you’re someone who gets overwhelmed by all you have to do, set aside some time every day to prioritise what you must do during that day; what it would be good to get done and what can wait.  Prioritising will help you work in a more focused way both in your job hunting process and in your life in general and is normally time really well spent.

  10. Exercise.  The fitter you are and the more oxygen you have pumping round your brain and body the more you’re likely to get done.  You don’t need to be running marathons or pumping iron 8 hours a day, just getting your body moving on a regular basis will give you a whole lot more drive and energy than if your main sport is dodging the gym at all costs!

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