I’m hoping to encourage you to slowly but surely ship stuff when job hunting.
One trick that separates the amateur job hunter from the professional is the habit of “shipping” stuff.
This means ensuring that each and every day you are shipping something that pushes you towards the end goal. In this instance it’s a new job full of glory and reward, or something like that.
In order to hit your goal you need to break that goal down to a series of tasks and start rattling on through them. This is especially important as you juggle parenting and maybe even your current job too.
The breaking down of tasks can take some time initially though – so carve out an hour or so to really think about what needs to be done. Once you have a list of tasks try not to get overwhelmed as the list may be long. Very long.
Instead, try to create a nice cycle of task completion. Try to do something every day. That way you’ll keep up the momentum and you’ll see results sooner. The smaller the tasks the easier they will be to slip into a few minutes of downtime or when the children are sleeping.
You could ship a new CV, another application, a LinkedIn update, a new blog post, a new interview outfit, a phone call, an email or a new connection on LinkedIn. It doesn’t matter really as long as it’s heading you to your goal.
So go forth and ship stuff. And pretty soon you’ll have that job you’re after.
Until next time
Learn more about remaining relevant and employable as a parent in The Employable Parent Brain book.