Anybody can write ‘time management’ in the skills section of their CV, but employers will want to see examples of how you’re able to plan and prioritise your time. Your first opportunity to make a good impression is to arrive in good time for any interview, appointment, tour or call. Don’t forget to allow for travel disruption or other unknowns. If you’re having a video call, make sure you’ve installed and tested any relevant software well ahead of time.
In an interview, or even in a chat at a careers fair, employers might ask you to give quick examples of your skills. Prepare by thinking back to times where you’ve demonstrated good time management. For example, balancing revision with work, sports or other extra-curricular activities.
Make sure you can explain how you applied your skill to optimise your time. If you started each day with five minutes of planning, explain how that let you match tasks to appropriate blocks of time. Don’t forget that employers aren’t looking for machines. They want to know that you understand the importance of planning time to relax and refocus too.
Think of other ways you can demonstrate your time management. How are you keeping track of appointments at a careers fair, for example? If you make your schedule look presentable you might be able to use it as a prop to show how you’re making the most of limited time.