No one said it would be easy finding a new job. It takes plenty of effort and a positive attitude. Some experts advise that the job search should be treated like a nine-to-five job, with a regular schedule of certain tasks to be completed each day. This is the most productive ways to find work. However, for many, this can drag on for weeks and even months.

The good news is that job searching doesn’t have to be viewed as a chore. Instead, by using a few simple steps, the job search can become more productive and positive. Here’s how.

Step 1 – Realize the job search is temporary

First, consider that this phase in your life is just a temporary one. You will find a job and soon be working again. Use this time to take care of yourself, physically and mentally. Get plenty of rest, take time to deal with some things in your life you haven’t had time to do before, and lead a healthy lifestyle. Make the most of your time searching and pat yourself on the back for not giving up.

Step 2 – Find an aspect of the job search you like

Chances are, there is some part of the job search process that you may enjoy. For example, you may like the research part of the task. Or you could find it thrilling to meet people at career networking events. Whatever the case may be, use this to your advantage and reward yourself for taking care of things you don’t like by spending more time on the things you do like about the job search.

Step 3 – Get support for your job search

One of the reasons why people find job searching so dull is because it often means spending hours conducting solitary tasks. It can also be a frustratingly long process. To help make the job search process more positive, connect with a group of other job seekers on a social network, or head out for a local networking group. Get the emotional support you need to move past any negative feelings.

Step 4 – Keep your skills and options open with temp assignments

While you are actively seeking a great job, it’s always easier to get hired if you are currently working. Why? Employers are often most interested in people who are employed than those who are not working or volunteering, because it shows initiative. Take on a few temporary assignments to keep your skills fresh and your head in the game.

If you follow the above advice, you will find that it’s easier to manage the challenges of a job search. You’ll have a more positive mindset and you’ll be able to stay focused on your goals.


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2 Responses to “Job Searching Doesn’t Have to Be a Chore”

  1. Terri Hazlewood

    erri Lynn Hazlewood
    308 Joe Dear Road
    Harrisville, MS 39082
    Cell # 601-497-8294
    Home # 601-845-2152

    A career opportunity where a problem solving team player can utilize their flexibility to contribute to organization effectiveness profitability. Key-strengths include Research, Analysis, and Follow through work. Work includes developing, planning, and directing projects of special significance to the groups; preparing, negotiating, and administering contracts and inter-agency agreements associated with such projects; contacting other agencies, outside organizations, and the general public associated with such projects; informing and supervising the collection, maintenance, and publication of data regarding

    Over 15 years experience in Clerical/Officer/Computer, Credit Analysis and Credit Manager, credit and collections.

    Environment to include: Receptionist, Account Payable, Account Receivable, Purchasing, Contract Processing, Computer, Transfer of Property, and Sales.

    Jackson Paper Company 2008 till 2015
    Flowood, MS
    Credit Manager

    The credit manager position is accountable for the entire credit granting process, including the consistent application of a credit policy, periodic credit reviews of existing customers, and the assessment of the creditworthiness of potential customers, with the goal of optimizing the mix of company sales and bad debt losses.
    Based on the Monthly Aging, collections letters are to be sent to all customers with balances less than $1,000 that are over 60 days past due as well as customers with balances greater than $1,000 that are over 60 days past due. Accounts over 90 days past due receive a Payment Demand Letter with the promise of service interruption if payment is not received within ten business days.
    Placing direct phone calls and E-mails to customers that are past due.
    Works closely with the Billing Department to implement processes and policies that contribute to accurate invoicing.
    If service were to be stopped for non-payment, this position would be responsible for approving the sending of a final demand letter.
    Relays to Controller any and all accounts that need to be written off to bad debt.
    Maintains Bankruptcy files on customers within the assigned Company Numbers.
    Prepares documentation necessary to create the Credit or Debit Memo necessary to true up a customer account.
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    Addressing ongoing customer complaints concerning billing or service rendered and works on complaints of service failures with designated departments.

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    Vickers/Eaton Aerospace 1999 – 2007
    Jackson, MS
    Credit Analyst/Account Receivable

    Duties include researching and examining credit risks, assessing credit history, and approving or disapproving extension of credit. Work with accounts receivable department. Familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field. Relies on limited experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals to perform a variety of tasks. Works under general supervision; typically reports to a supervisor or manager. A certain degree of creativity and latitude is required.

    Called on different accounts-about past due payment, checking on invoices if they have received them or if the parts have been returned to lack of payment.
    Work with our customer service team to see that if between us both we can get the vendor the answers they need.
    Put together monthly spreadsheet for the team to update each account they are working on. So when the team leaders would go into Credit meeting weekly they could give answer on what each account is doing (past duepaymentreturns).
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    Joanne Rials
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    Delories Bain
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