You may have heard that looking for a new job IS a fulltime job. While I do not disagree; looking for a new job requires focus and time; there are a number of things that you can do to move your search forward.

If you’re willing to spend 5-10 minutes of your time, here are some small steps you can take to forward your job search—each of these can be accomplished in less than 10 minutes:

• Add a recent achievement to your resume.

• Reach out to a former colleague on LinkedIn and connect. Be sure to send a personal note with your connection request.

• Comment or “like” a LinkedIn post—or two.

• Identify 3 organizations you want to work for; connect on LinkedIn and / or Facebook.

• Make a copy of your last 3 performance evaluations (so you can “mine” them later for additional accomplishments).

• Check out free sources of information to further your job search.

• Identify a potential mentor and reach out to them.

• Pinpoint 1 professional skill or knowledge that you could improve; find a way to close your gap.

• Write down 1 thing you want to accomplish professionally in the next 12 months; share that with a colleague or family member to hold yourself accountable.

• Spend 10 minutes searching for potential jobs online. Be sure to time yourself; it’s easy to go overboard!

• Find a career expert you like on LinkedIn; follow them.

• Look at YouTube for a short video on an aspect of job search (interview skills, elevator pitch, preparing accomplishments, etc.)

• Add 2 numbers to your current resume to provide better context to your work. Think about your budget, the size of your team, the number of transactions you prepare monthly, etc.; anything that you can quantify will work!

While doing any one thing will not likely result in a new job, tackling your job search in bitesize pieces will help you make progress! It’s like the old saying, “how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.”

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Nancy Segal is a federal human resources training and job search expert. Following her own 30-year federal HR career (much of it at the senior level), she founded Solutions for the Workplace LLC in 2003 to provide an HR management perspective to both federal managers and astute applicants to U.S. government positions. Nancy has unmatched federal career management insight, high standards, and respect for people’s time, and her clients use this to their advantage.