How to Make Time to Find a New Job in Data Science

job + productivity advice job hunting Dec 21, 2022
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Trying to juggle a data science job search with a full-time job can be daunting. You want to put your best foot forward in your job search, but you also don't want to let your other responsibilities fall behind in the process. Here are some tips on how you can make time to find a new job in data science, machine learning, advanced analytics or artificial intelligence without sacrificing your current lifestyle.

Get organized

The first step is to get organized. This means making a list of the companies you want to apply to, the types of jobs you're interested in, and the deadlines for each application. Set alarms to remind yourself of those deadlines and make sure to have all your materials prepared beforehand. Once you have a plan, it will be easier to find time in your schedule to work on your applications and prepare for interviews.

Set aside time each day

Set aside at least 30 minutes each day to work on your job search. Have a clear plan for this time so that you do not spend it scrolling job openings mindlessly. Check your reminders for your current applications and then use the rest of the time to find new openings. Remember no matter how confident you are in a position, keep applying on others until you have an offer. Dedicating time each day will help you make progress on your applications without feeling like you're neglecting your current responsibilities.

Use your evenings and weekends wisely

If you have trouble finding time during the week, make use of your evenings and weekends. This can mean using an evening to update your resume or using a weekend afternoon to attend networking events. Finding a new job doesn't have to take over your life; by being strategic with your time, you can balance your current job with your job search.

Have someone hold you accountable

Finding and landing a new job in data science, machine learning, advanced analytics or artificial intelligence can be daunting. Find someone to hold you accountable during this time so that you can make progress even when things are hard. I recommend hiring a career coach to simplify and expedite the job transition process for you. Not all career coaches have the same offers, check out my buyers guide to help decide what offer you should invest in. 


Finding a new job can be hard enough without also having to worry about keeping your current responsibilities. But don't despair; by following these tips, you can make time for both. Just remember to be organized, dedicate some time each day, use your evenings and weekends wisely, and have someone hold you accountable and you'll be on your way to landing that dream data scientist role in no time!

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