One member of our group recently asked me how much of the job search time should be spent surfing the web for job openings and filling out applications on-line?
Let me preface this answer with the following principles we teach at Sabbatical Search:
I have know sabbatical search participants who only filled out online applications when someone at the company asked them to do so. Instead, they invested their time in using tools like linked in to network into the jobs they wanted.
To provide a more specific answer, I would suggest no more than 10-15% of your time (2 events or up to 6 hours per week) in random searches and filling out on-line applications. This time should be the last time scheduled in your current week's plan. Sitting in front of real people is going to be a better strategy than sitting in front of the "one-eyed" monster on your desk!
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