Are you feeling overwhelmed by the job search process and don't know where to start?

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Whether you're a recent graduate looking for your first job or a seasoned professional searching for a new opportunity, the job search process can be daunting.

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With the Eisenhower Matrix, you can approach the job search with a clear and systematic plan, allowing you to focus your efforts where they will have the greatest impact.

What is the Eisenhower Matrix?

The Eisenhower Matrix is a productivity tool that helps you prioritize your tasks by breaking them down into 4 categories based on their urgency and importance:

  1. Urgent & Important Do it now

  2. Important but Not Urgent Schedule

  3. Urgent but Not Important Delegate/Receive help

  4. Not Urgent & Not Important Delete

A quadrant diagram explaining the 4 steps in the Eisenhower Matrix. This image was created by the Author using Canva, with information from

Using the Eisenhower Matrix, you can:

  • choose to do any or all of the tasks mentioned.

  • add any other tasks that you find appropriate for your own job search.

Dwight from the Office says,

Step 1: Urgent & Important

These are tasks that demand immediate attention.

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Flaticon Icon Resume/Portfolio: Make sure your resume is always up-to-date. Showcase your projects and skills.

Flaticon Icon Submit job applications: Submit your resume/portfolio for positions that have a fast-approaching deadline.

Flaticon Icon Networking: Connect with people who work at companies where you're interested in applying for a job. Join a job fair or other networking events.

Flaticon Icon Swift responsiveness: Respond to emails and phone calls from potential employers or recruiters as soon as possible.

Step 2: Important but Not Urgent

These are tasks that are scheduled and important for long-term success but don't have to be done right away. Flaticon Icon For example:

Personal Growth and Goal Planning Activities

Flaticon Icon Acquire new skills: Research skills and tools you can learn to improve yourself in a desired field.

Flaticon Icon Tailor your resume and cover letter: Customize your job application to match the specific job you're applying for.

Flaticon Icon Follow up with potential employers: Send thank-you notes or emails after an interview, or check on a hiring manager about the status of your application.

Flaticon Icon Research & Learn: Learn how to answer the types of questions you could encounter during interviews.

Step 3: Urgent but Not Important

These are tasks that are urgent but require assistance. Flaticon Icon For example:

Receive Help

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  • Get feedback on your resume/portfolio/cover letter from your friends, teachers, or any other community you're involved in.

  • Job searching can be a rollercoaster of emotions. Vent to your friends, family, and online communities.

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  • Reword your cover letter to sound more professional.

  • Prepare for interviews.

  • Find references.

  • Use platforms like Notion to think, write, and plan.

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From social media: Share your experience on social media. You might receive help from someone with similar experiences, or discover new opportunities.


Which task(s) could be considered urgent but not important? Select all that applies.

Step 4: Not Urgent and Not Important

These are tasks that are non-essential for you. Flaticon Icon For example:

Unproductive Activities

Flaticon Icon Scrolling through social media feeds for hours without a specific purpose.

Flaticon Icon Comparing yourself to others. Focus on your journey!

Flaticon Icon Spending time on self-improvement activities that don't relate to your career goal.

Flaticon Icon Spending too much time researching potential employers without taking action to apply or network.

Take Action

I know the job-searching process can be stressful. Use the Eisenhower Matrix to help you to prioritize tasks in your job-search!

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