Have you put your job search off long enough? Do you feel like it may be too much work to initiate the process? Are you not sure where or even how to start? Well, guess what...now is one of the best times of the year to find a new job. Labor Day weekend has come and gone, summer vacations are over, fall is in the air, and the holidays will be here before we know it. When searching for a new job, keeping yourself organized is absolutely critical and will assist you in a number of ways. Learn how you can start to get more organized today so you can have a successful job search.
Prepare Your Resume and Employment Applications
The purpose of a resume is to help you land a job interview, so you need to make sure it’s the best it can be. The smallest typo on your resume, application, or thank you note could be the one thing that stands between you and an interview or job offer. You must proofread all documents multiple times prior to submitting them. Do not overlook checking your personal information (address, phone numbers, email, etc.) for accuracy and double check that the layout and formatting is consistent throughout your resume. It is also always a good idea to have someone else read your resume as well, just in case you missed something.
Monitor Your Social Media
Before you begin your job search, take some time to review all of your current social media accounts and make them as professional as they can be. Use a business professional profile photo and ensure each account includes your latest qualifications and responsibilities. It’s critical to build and expand your network of contacts and connect with those in your industry. You can also try to ask your network for recommendations, as these testimonies can act as references that a potential employer will have immediate access to. Let’s face it, we live in world of technology and people will Google your name – what will they find?
Utilize Offline Resources
Online resources such as job boards, social media, and email are all necessary components of a job search. While using the internet to look for a new job is part of the process, there are also a number of resources you can use when you take your search off line. Work your networks by attending local networking events, visiting career fairs, and attending Meetup groups. You can also align yourself with a reputable employment agency that can get you connected with employers in your area. These offline resources will benefit you in ways that an internet search cannot…the human factor!
Manage Your Time
Another central factor in staying organized is being able to attentively manage your time. It is important to set a fixed amount of time each day to dedicate strictly to your job search. It can be at the beginning, end, or start of the work day, even if it’s only for a half hour each day. Purposely scheduling this activity each day will help you stay on task, focused, organized, and map a path for your job search. Try to keep a “to do list” and review this list at the end of each day so you are ready to start fresh the next day.
Track Your Job Search
An often over-looked aspect of your job search is tracking what you do and what you’ve accomplished. Your tracking method is imperative to monitor each step of your search process and show what is working successfully. You can create an Excel spreadsheet, a Word document, or an online tool to track your progress. This system will allow you to record jobs applied to, at which company, the position title, application status, a next course of action (i.e., thank you note, call back), and more. Be sure to keep a record of which email, phone conversation, or any other type of communication that triggered a response from a targeted employer. To make this organization easier, we’ve created an example of a job search tracker that you can download for free here!
Before starting the interview process, you need to take inventory of your closet. Decide ahead of time what you will wear for the initial, second, a possible third interview, and any type of networking opportunity that will happen in person. If it has been awhile since you have worn a suit or professional attire, make sure they fit properly and are still in style. Your outfits should not hang off you and they should be freshly cleaned and pressed. Keeping these signature business looks organized before you have to go into an interview will save you time and take a little stress away as well.
Finding a job does not have to be a full time job. Convince yourself that getting organized isn’t that hard, and then do it quickly and efficiently. You’ll feel much better once you clear away mental and physical clutter and build your job search momentum.
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