Job searches are a lot of work. There is a lot to keep track of and to prepare for. That is why, if you are to be successful, it is absolutely necessary to be well organized.
You will have enough on your plate without having to worry about where things are at or remembering a particular deadline or interview date. Here are some tips on how to stay organized during a job search.
1. Rely on a spreadsheet.
Using a spreadsheet can help you keep track of all your tasks, including the positions you have applied for, your interview status for current job applications, follow up contacts you have made, and other tasks in the application process.
With a spreadsheet, everything is in one location, so you can get to it quickly and easily. It enables you to keep track of everything you are doing so nothing falls through the cracks.
Or if you prefer using another format, there are apps online that you can use that perform the same function.
2. Use some type of calendar.
Some people prefer a paper calendar, while others use a digital version. Either way, you need to make sure you record the dates and times of all your appointments, and do it conscientiously, so that you don’t miss any interviews or other deadlines.
Don’t simply rely on your memory, because as information piles up, you are more than likely to forget something. As soon as you become aware of a deadline, put it on your calendar.
Moreover, you should create a system that enables you to identify the event at a glance, such as using a color code. For example, you could use one color for an in-person interview, another color for a phone interview, another for an application deadline, and another for a follow-up deadline.
3. Label your files clearly
You need to be able to find what you need quickly, without having to hunt for it. This is why it is important to label all files, whether digital or paper, descriptively and clearly. For example, you could use some descriptive term, such as resume or cover letter and the year.
Create folders just for resumes, cover letters, follow-ups, and job descriptions for easy access.
4. Save the job descriptions
When you apply for a job, save the job description to an online document. This way, if you are selected for an interview, you can quickly access the job description to refresh your memory about the position.
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