A job search can be a full-time job in itself. You have a lot going on, a lot of paperwork produced, appointments to keep track of. The challenge is to stay organized so that your search is conducted efficiently and effectively. Here are some suggestions from career advisors on how to do that.
1. Have a spreadsheet
This is an effective way to record everything that you have going on. And it’s all in one place. It enables you to keep a record of job applications, interview situation, follow ups, and whatever else you need to keep track of. It is an essential tool so that you don’t forget anything or miss anything.
2. Use a calendar
This is pretty much common sense. It is an essential tool that enables you to keep an eye on deadlines and appointments. A digital calendar, such as the one by Google, works best. It also helps to color code each type of entry so you can see at a glance what type of event you are dealing with – a face-to-face interview, phone or video interview, informational interview, or some other deadline.
3. Label all of your files
Have a file system set up and label everything, so you don’t have to go hunting for something you need. Have separate files for resumes, cover letters, thank you notes, other correspondence, and job descriptions.
4. Keep job descriptions
Save all of the job descriptions for positions you have applied for. This will make it much easier to refer back to them if you get called in for an interview. You won’t have to waste time searching for them.
5. Store documents on the Cloud
By doing this, you will have access to them no matter where you are at. So, if you get a call from a recruiter or hiring manager when you are away from your computer, you can still get to your documents.
6. Use reminders
This is an excellent way to make sure you don’t forget anything, miss a deadline or appointment. Do it on your phone and on your calendar if you are using a digital one. Some career advisors recommend setting reminders for just about everything.
7. Keep a journal
Keep a journal of what you accomplish each day, or record your tasks completed each day on your calendar. Keep your entries brief by using phrases and bullet points for easy reference. This will help you see at a glance what you did each day and what date you did it.
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