Trying to stay as productive as possible – especially when looking for a new position in the financial industry – can be a daunting task at times. Searching for open jobs of interest, tailoring a resume and personalized cover letter before applying, as well as practicing your interview techniques all take up valuable time. Unfortunately, hoping for a 28-hour day just isn’t realistic!
With a productivity boost in mind, here are a few tips on how to find time in an unexpected manner. Soon, you’ll be employed in the finance job of your dreams!
Spend Time Helping Others
While it may seem counterintuitive when looking for a job, but spending a few hours helping others during the week actually gives the perception there’s more time for your own activities. Cassie Mogilner of the Wharton School noted this during an experiment she conducted at the school.
Study participants were told to either write a letter to a sick child or count the number of occurrences of the letter “e” in some text. Those who wrote the letter reported having more time than the other study group. A follow-up study had participants spend 10 to 30 minutes doing something unexpected for either themselves or someone else. Those who focused on others actually felt like they had more time in their day.
Mogilner feels that simply spending time helping someone else instead of yourself actually expands your perception of the future. In short, you feel like you have more time in the day for those all-consuming tasks that are part of any job search.
Volunteering Is a Great Way to Network
Giving your time to a good cause provides benefits related to your job search other than an improved perception of time. Charitable events give you a chance to network with others in your area. You never know what connection may lead to a job opportunity either now or in the future.
Additionally, consider volunteering your financial services to a nonprofit organization. They typically need help managing their finances as well as simple accounting tasks. If interested, these efforts may lead to a full-time opportunity in addition to being able to expand your professional network.
Ultimately, spending your own valuable time helping others may put you in a new position faster than those extra 15 minutes spent working on your own résumé.
When you need additional advice on searching for a job, talk to the experts at Venteon. As one of the top financial staffing agencies in the Midwest, we also know what companies are looking for talented professionals like you. Connect with us as soon as possible!