another job search cliche that isn’t true: “looking for a job is a full-time job”

“Looking for a job is a full-time job.”

No, it’s not.

I don’t know why people say stuff like this. It’s one of those simplistic cliches that have ended up getting repeated over and over without being true.

It’s a great way to mislead job-seekers about what an effective job search is really about.

If anyone is really spending 40 hours a week on a job search, stop and regroup. Focus on the essentials instead: applying only for jobs that are truly a strong match, writing great cover letters, having a resume that focuses on your achievements rather than just responsibilities, and making sure you’re tapping into your network.

Go for quality over quantity, and laugh at anyone who tells you it should be a full-time job.

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