If company X would call you regarding your application, could you track back the position in less than 1 minute? Do you think the caller would be impressed if you spent more time than necessary to figure out who they are and which position they are talking about?
Well, it’s just one of the reasons why you need to be organized in your job search. When you are in a job search, it’s important to have a routine and good organization. Here are some tools you can use to get organized.
You will need a calendar where you will register every single appointment around your job search. If you choose a calendar in your computer, make sure you also keep a synchronized paper version with you all the time, or have it in your cellphone, in case a recruiter will catch you on the road.
Contact management system
If you are really active in your search (and let’s assume you are!), probably you will need a system to keep record of all contacts you come across on events or any other sources. You can choose among lots of systems for this purpose, a simple Outlook Contacts tool or Plaxo will do for this.
Task management system
Some people prefer to use computer systems, others choose sticky notes to keep record of tasks. Beware of this latter if you have more than one note on your desk! You need to be clear with your to do tasks and priorities, so use a clean space or system to record them!
Make sure you create a new space for all job related documents on your computer. During the course of your job search, you might have more than 20-30 different versions of your resume, you want to name them so that you can find them back easily. One easy way is to call them with the following format: your name – job title – company name. This contains all necessary information for your own records AND sounds personalized for the recruiter as well. In case you have lots of print out papers related to your job search, keep also a paper folder. The best is actually, if you keep this with you all the time (for example job descriptions you applied to), again, for the case a recruiter calls you when you are away from your desk.
Status report document – I strongly recommend you keeping a document where you record all important information regarding your search. A simple Excel sheet will do for this purpose. Prepare the following columns (in any order you wish): Company name, Location (if applicable), Position, Source, Contact’s name & Source, resume sent date, follow-up date, 1st interview, Interviewers, 2nd interview, Interviewers, Offer, Feedback. This will give you a good overview of your job search process, the steps to accomplish and can serve as statistics to see which part of the job search you need to improve. You can fill in the Company – Position – Source columns as soon as you dig out a job or company lead somewhere. You can see later clearly in this sheet that no action was taken so preparing and sending your resume will go to your task list. Again later, you will see that resume went out 2 weeks ago and still no response, so time to follow up and so forth.
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