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I’d like to share with you one of my favorite morning rituals – It’s journaling. It’s the first thing I do when I wake up. Write my goals for the day, getting them out of my head and down on paper.

Personally, I want to make a conscious effort to move the needle, daily, by getting these ideas out, through the process of writing.

Why paper? If you’re like me, when I open my computer or phone I am immediately inundated with other message notifications. Within seconds I’ve spiraled down the distraction rabbit hole, which is why low-tech journaling works for me.

I use two journaling systems. One is the five-minute journal by UJ Ramdas and the second type is your basic college journal book that you can purchase from Wal-Mart, Target, or whatever store you prefer.

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Establishing the Habits of Happiness

The five-minute journal is simple. It starts by asking you, “What three things you’re grateful for” followed by three tasks you’d like to accomplish and then finally one affirmation. Typically at night, I’ll go back and review my achievements. The whole process reminds me of the main things I want to accomplish, my daily goals.

According to Ramdas, “In under 5 minutes a day, you begin to practice the habits of happiness that are now proven to improve your well-being through over 20 years of research.”

You’ve got to know your goals before you can reach them. So, starting the day knowing your goals is a powerful daily method to realizing self-worth by reaching that goal.

What Does This Have to Do With My Part-time Job Search?

The five-minute journal is such a simple yet enjoyable system. It enables me to achieve my personal and business goals and it has made me realize how useful it can be for people looking for a part-time job as well.  Part-time job seekers can use this system to improve their job search process and use intentional objectives to find the right job this time.

Ask yourself, what are three things you really want in your next part time job? Jot that down and then let’s use the S.M.A.R.T. method to ensure our goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely.

What would the best part-time job look like?

Not sure what you want to improve? Try choosing from this list: wages, commute distance, shifts, hours, industry. Here are some examples:

  • I’d like to make between $12 to $14 an hour
  • Wish I drove less than 10 miles a day round-trip from home
  • Need to work less than 30 hours a week

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What would make each of these part-time job attributes ideal?

Next, think about what specific attributes of your ideal part-time job will allow you to do. These are things that are not possible in your current job situation. Here are a few more examples:

  • By earning more money I can work less and still pay down my school loans
  • Driving less than 10 miles per day saves me money on gas
  • Working less that 30 hours a week allows me to focus on my schoolwork while still meeting my financial obligations.

“Jobs To Be Done” Framework

If you’re a part-time job seeker, it’s important to ask yourself at this point why you want a new job. If you’re a business owner hiring a new part-time employee, this is a question you need to answer too. Often a good place to start is using the “jobs to be done” story framework.

Ask yourself: I want [personal or professional goal]. To accomplish this, I know I need [ideal part-time job attribute].

Ok, I know what you’re thinking. Nice framework, but how does that actually play out in your decision making process? Let’s take a look at an example:

I want to start paying down my student loans before I actually graduate. To accomplish this, I know I need to work no more than 30 hours per week so I still have time for school and have a part-time job that pays between $12-$14 per hour to free up money that I can use to pay down my loan.

With the jobs to be done system we essentially collected our set of goals into a single paragraph using the jobs to be done system. Right or wrong I often like using this tool because it helps get down to the bottom of the problem you’re trying to solve.

Earlier we talked about the things we want to change in our next part-time job but it is really more about something deeper we wanted to impact. When you’re thinking about why you want a new job and how it’s going to impact your lifestyle, you build your job search on a strong foundation.

How Does HipHire Help Me Reach My Goals?

HipHire is a system that connects job seekers with quality part-time jobs to interview. It’s no different than the other tools that I showed you above. However if you use our platform or the HipHire app with no intention you might find you end up going in the wrong direction again.

By beginning with the end in mind using goal systems like the few I showed you above, you can start improving your job results. When your part-time job search becomes more aligned with what you want to do differently this time around, these slight tweaks can help you get to the root of the change you’re seeking to make.

With the HipHire filter system you can take those ideal part-time job attributes identified earlier and select them within our system to reveal only jobs that meet your goals.

Ultimately HipHire solves your problem by helping you identify the things you’re looking to change in your next part-time job and presenting you with job opportunities that specifically meet those needs.

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