Searching for full-time jobs can be a full-time job all on its own. So if you already have a full-time job and want to change, how do you search for others? According to data collected by the job-searching platform ZipRecruiter, the majority of job searches occur during typical working hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. In addition, the market is most active from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm on Tuesdays.

Compared to recent years, the job market holds its fair share of available jobs. Therefore, if you currently seek a new opportunity, there’s no better time than the present. However, the question remains:

How do you look for jobs when you’re still working full-time? Check out our strategies below.

1. Create a new email address specifically for job searches.

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Don’t use your typical email, don’t use your designated spam email, and above all don’t use your work email. When you initially start applying to jobs, your email will have an incredibly busy inbox. You will receive confirmation emails, follow-up emails, various messages from headhunters, and notifications to name a few. Try not to complicate your life further by using an email with a dual purpose.

Instead, create a new email specifically for job searching. That way, job search notifications won’t smother your inbox and stress you out when you’re trying to use it for a separate purpose. Plus, you can be more discrete at your job. The last thing you want is for your boss or coworker to see an inbox full of job applications.

2. Fill out the necessary profiles on job searching websites

Many employers post jobs specifically through job searching platforms. And there certainly are more than a few: Monster, Indeed, LinkedIn, ZipRecruiter, Glassdoor, CareerBuilder and more. Pick what’s relevant to you, your career, and your goals. Then, go ahead and fill out their online profiles. That way, when you apply to jobs on the platform, you’re less likely to be notified to fill out additional applications. This saves you precious time from away your current job and ultimately makes the whole process less time-consuming.

3. Schedule strategically

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Probably the most difficult part of applying for jobs is finding the time to do so while working. Like we already mentioned, activity remains highest when you’re already working. To search and apply effectively, you must strategically schedule your day. This may ultimately depend on the day-to-day activities of your current job. However, here are our best tips:

  • Take small sections out of your lunch break or use your lunch break altogether to apply.
  • Search whenever you find yourself not being needed such as the case with some customer service representatives and answering calls.
  • When projects are progressing slowly, use your time wisely and apply then.

However, making sure you don’t slack off is equally important. Don’t make your job search more dire by getting yourself in trouble or worse fired.

4. Set boundaries

As much as you want to hit the ground running when it comes to bettering your career, you should set boundaries. Effective job hunting can easily take many hours out of a single day. Unfortunately, that’s an unrealistic standard if you work full-time. Stick to searching when you’ve found designated free times during your job. Additionally, if that’s also an unrealistic expectation, find times when you’re not working such as before work, after work, and the weekend. But keep your boundaries in mind. Applying to jobs like you’re working full-time, seven days a week may exhaust yourself in the long run.

Ultimately, we suggest you apply during your designated times, fill out job profiles, and what’s more, turn notifications on job platforms for certain job titles. This way, you use your time effectively while both working and applying to jobs.

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