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How to Find a Job in Just 18 Minutes a Day


catsleepingAccording to the US Department of Labor, the average job seeker spends 18 minutes a day looking for a new job.

It would be great if I could fulfill the promise of my title and tell you how to succeed doing the same, but of course I can’t. Because 18 minutes a day IS NOT ENOUGH!

Until I replaced my PC a few months ago, it took about that long for it to warm up in the morning! My hobby is drawing and I’m currently working on a still life done in colored pencils. I’ve spent more than 18 minutes on just one of the grapes! My big business project right now, as some of you know, is redesigning the Blue Sky website. I’ve spent more than 18 minutes thinking about how comments should be displayed on the blog – just one tiny part of just one of 22 pages! 18 minutes isn’t even long enough for a decent walk.

What’s really scary is that 18 minutes is an average. So for all you guys spending hours each day on your search, there are apparently 1,000 losers taking barely 2 minutes to scan Monster before falling back into bed! I suppose the good news in all this is that your competition is lazy.

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Louise Fletcher

Louise co-founded Blue Sky in 2002 after a career as an HR executive. Her industry experience includes music, video games, fashion and advertising. She lived and worked in the US for many years, but moved back to her native UK in 2012, where she now lives in the Yorkshire countryside. In addition to her full-time role with Blue Sky, she's a professional artist, so you can imagine why she couldn't answer the 'what do you do with your free time' question! Contact Louise by email.

3 comments on “How to Find a Job in Just 18 Minutes a Day”

  1. Josie says:

    Wow! I have spent hours and hours each day for 18 months and still can not find a job. I use job search sites daily, send out cold-calls letters, network, make phone calls, etc. I have applied to seems like thousands of on-site openings. Any help you could offer would be appreciated. I’m definitely not lazy! Have 25+ years experience to offer.

  2. Louise says:

    Hey Josie,

    I’m sorry you’re having such a tough time. Are you sure your resume is the best it can be? We have a free course that you might find really helpful.

    I talked to someone just yesterday who had been sending out resumes for 4 months with no response. She took the course, made the changes and got a call back 2 days later. If you want to try the course, just hit the button in the sidebar. It’s completely free.

    I hope it helps.

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