5 Tips to Keep Your Job Search Organized
January 31, 2012 by Careerminds
There is a lot to keep track of during a job search, and, let’s face it, we’re only human. Without a little help, chances are, something is going to fall between the cracks, whether it be forgetting which employers have already been sent a copy of your resume or where you saved that file in the first place.
If you ask us, staying organized is among the key components in a successful job search, but actually getting organized and keeping everything that way could be easier said than done for some job seekers. Here are a few helpful tips to keep you and your career transition in order.
- Establish a work space. If you’ve got a home office or even a desk, that would serve as a great headquarters for your job search operation, but if not, any space inside your home would work just as well. The idea is to keep all of your materials together, whether it be in a desk drawer, an accordion folder, or just neatly stacked on a table.
- Choose a “shift”. Identifying a time of day to work on your search will help you keep organized in regards to your schedule. You’re busy just like everyone else, so setting aside a regular time of day specifically for your job search will help assure that you get a few tasks completed every day.
- Make a to-do list. Sometimes, people find themselves not doing anything productive because they simply aren’t sure what to do. By writing a daily/weekly/etc. to-do list, you’ll know exactly what still needs to be done (i.e.: revise resume, contact hiring manager at Company XYZ, e-mail these contacts). This also works as a great motivator– imagine that feeling of accomplishment it will bring each time you cross something off the list.
- Create a record. There are several ways in which to keep a clear record of your progress: a hand-written list, a Word document, an Excel spreadsheet. It’s up to you how to do it, but cataloging the employers/positions you want to contact, have contacted, need to follow up with, etc. will keep your job search moving forward. Log details such as: date you applied, company, contact person, position, action taken, interview time/date, next steps to be taken. Update this record as changes occur.
- Keep one folder. Whether you’re working with pen and paper, printed pages or computerized files, you’ll need to create a folder on your computer’s desktop or on your actual desktop that is designated for job search materials only. That way, everything you need will always be easy to access and store.
By keeping everything organized, your job search is likely to run much more smoothly, allowing you to stay on the right track without getting too stressed in the process.
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