Career Coaches can spend half of a good day encouraging people to use the internet for job searching, and the other half telling them to turn it off. Like Cajun cooking, loud music and sunshine, too much of a good thing is too much. Once a person knows how to LinkIn, Facebook, Google and navigate a few job boards, what was once intimidating becomes a comfortable bad habit. Comfortable, so it becomes part of the routine; bad, because it is not especially effective in and of itself. When looking for new work, for clients to sell to or for ways to get ahead, setting boundaries can be as important as setting goals.
Set a time boundary. During summer vacation, my dear Grandma Desi takes care of a houseful of grandchildren and has only a few tough rules, including, “No TV until 3:00.” To a kid, this is agonizing. For about ten minutes. And then, suddenly, there are all kinds of adventures to be had. Setting a time boundary on internet use can lead you to find all kinds of ways to look for work.