Everyone knows that having systems in place to stay more organized helps with any tasks. You can apply this to any aspect of your life from working around your house to finding your next job. But what is the best way to organize your job search to make sure you target the right companies, follow up when necessary, and land a great opportunity? Here is a guide to help you develop a system and keep track of everything.
Write Out Your Goals.
Sometimes, we think we know what we want, but we really can’t articulate it. That’s often the case with a job search, especially if you’re out of work and feeling like you need to take the next job that comes along. But taking the wrong job can be just as bad as not having a job at all. Start by writing out your goals. What kind of job do you want? Where do you see yourself in five years or more? Then consider the short term goals. What are you looking for now, and how can you go about finding that?
Build Out a Schedule.
Experts advise job seekers to consider their job search like they would a full-time job. Wake up every day, get ready, and plan out the day to effectively look for their next job. The best way to do this is to create a schedule to stick to. If you are more focused in the morning, spend that time sending out applications and emails, interacting with employers on social media. In the afternoon, work on following up and building a list for the next day.
Target Only the Jobs You Want.
Some people believe they need to send their resume to any job available, but that can backfire. Landing a job that’s a bad fit will just result in longer-term unemployment or day-to-day dissatisfaction. Look at your goals and the kind of job you want. Then target those jobs and those companies. The more focused you can be on your search, the better your opportunities will become.
Track Each Position.
One of the biggest mistakes job seekers make is forgetting where they are in the process. We recommend you make a spreadsheet or, at the very least, a list. You want to put down the company, the job, contact information, and the date you applied. You can also include a field that will help you track further communications and make notes that could help you in an interview.
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