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The Pomodoro Technique®:

We often hear from military candidates: “I don’t have enough time to do everything.” They sometimes feel unsuccessful in their job search and new positions because finding work and working are full-time endeavors. I often write about “time-blocking” — breaking job search tasks into measureable and MANAGEABLE parts and setting a timer to work on those small tasks — rather than waiting for a large block of time to be available during your week.

Let me introduce you to the Pomodoro Technique®.

WHAT IS POMODORO? A time management tool.

The Pomodoro Technique® has been around since the late 1980s. The technique uses a timer to break work down into intervals, 25 minutes of work followed by a 5 minute break, then repeat. After four cycles, take a longer 20 minute break. When used consistently, it improves productivity by tracking how much time your daily tasks take. It also helps you chip away at large projects that may require extensive time. By working on the project in blocks of time, you will see the project moving forward on a constant basis. For more information on how Pomodoro works, visit: http://pomodorotechnique.com/

HOW CAN I USE IT FOR MY JOB SEARCH?

You can do anything for 25 minutes!

If you need three hours per week to look for work

and try to schedule it, you might have a hard time

finding three solid hours of time together. BUT if

you break your job search into sections, add it to

your daily pomodoro list, and devote a “pomodori”

interval to it, you can easily accommodate 3 hours a

week by doing just 25 minutes a day!

Use this technique to tackle unfavorable items during your job search. Searching for new jobs, researching a company, and looking at a new location are all pretty fun until you realize you need to prepare a resume, practice answering interview questions, and move a family.

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