Securing time to look for a job when you’re in work

Obviously we'd all prefer to be in work than jobless, but when you have a job you don't think will take you any further, and you're looking for something new, it can become that bit more tricky to seek out another position.

When you're out of work, one thing you do at least have on your side – if not financial security – is time. After all, you can dedicate every hour of the day to tracking down work if you need to.

But when you're in a full time job, you're likely putting all your attention into getting your current job done. So when exactly are you going to find time to track down something new?

There are lots of little tips that can help here, so it's a good idea to look at all the help available and use the advice you think applies best to you.

Here are just a few ideas that could give your job hunt a little boost.

Mid week

It's incredibly easy to begin the working day thinking 'I'd love to find a new job' then end it heading home and slumping in front of the TV, rather than searching out opportunities.

Put off job hunting every day and you'll quickly find that months have passed while you're still in a job you're no longer getting much from.

Some of us are great at organising ourselves into activity. Others aren't.

Don't be too hard on yourself: you do need time to relax after work. The key thing is to keep doing little bits of job hunting work.

So if you spend half an hour going on your favourite job sites each day and bookmarking the best opportunities, you'll have a good range of things to apply for when you do have time – even if you feel you don't have the chance to apply for them all there and then.

Remember to look out for closing dates, though, and that it's always best to apply sooner rather than later, because sometimes companies will stop taking applications before the date advertised.

You'll likely find that if something perfect comes up, you're motivated to apply there and then, even if you are feeling low on energy after work, because you don't want to risk the opportunity being missed.


Weekends are often when people want to switch off from their working lives – but for the job hunter, it's often vital to make use of this time.

Working the whole weekend is an option if you're really anxious to find something new as soon as possible, but not what most people will be after.

The best idea is to 'book' a chunk of time, say three hours, on one day and dedicate that to your goal.

People often talk about job hunting in terms of the number of applications sent, and though high numbers do sound impressive, remember that it's better to send one good application than six that are so poor that they stand little chance of securing an interview.

It's about balancing time, so why not consider setting a time limit for each application that will allow you to tailor it properly towards the position, while not eating too much into the rest of your job hunt? 

Berkeley Scott is a specialist hospitality recruitment agency.