8 Minor Job Search Decisions You Can Stop Overthinking

Whether you’re unemployed or just keeping an eye out for new opportunities, there are tons of tiny decisions that you have to make during a job search. But, you should be concentrating your efforts on polishing that resume, perfecting your interview skills, and expanding your network— and not changing your LinkedIn photo 10 times because you just can’t choose.

As a decision coach who helps people who can’t make up their minds, I’ve watched clients fret for days about small decisions, when they’d be better off setting up informational interviews.

So, here’s a helpful guide to dealing with the situations that come up again and again during a job search. Use these shortcuts to power through the small stuff—and save your energy for things that’ll get you that offer.

1. Should I Update My Social Profiles (Again)?

Yes if it’s not currently optimized for your search and recruiters. Update that outdated summary, add media and keywords, and delete outdated experience and recommendations.

No if you just wanted to add your minor in college, even though that was five years ago. (Career-building news only, please.) Also, no if it’s 100% updated and at this point you’re just rewriting your bio each day: It’ll make you look unsure of your brand.

Related: How to Get Your LinkedIn Profile Ready for Your Job Search in 30 Minutes

2. Should I Write That Recruiter Back?

Yes if you’re contemplating a career move and you see a role that piques your interest. But do your due diligence and make sure they’re legit.

No if it’s a cold email with jobs that aren’t relevant to you. Respond only to recruiters who’ve actually read your profile and paid attention to your career so far.

Related: 3 Myths About Your First Call With a Recruiter That Simply Aren’t True

3. Should I Reach Out to Someone in my Network?

Yes if you have a clear ask, will acknowledge that you’re asking them to go out of their way, and follow up with a heartfelt thank you note.

No if you’re not sure what you want from them or if you don’t know them well and you’re asking for a major favor, such as introducing you to their CEO.

Related: 3 Email Templates That’ll Make Asking for a Favor Feel Less Awkward for Both People