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5 tips to staying organized during your job search

Organise your job search to improve your chances of success.

The job search is never easy, but you can make it easier on yourself by going about things in a smart and organised fashion. Developing job search organisational skills will help you manage your applications and keep track of the people you have spoken to. These simple actions will increase your chances of landing your dream job.

Follow these 5 tips to organise your job search.

1. Keep Track of Contacts

During your job search you are going to be talking to a lot of people in person, on the phone, and through email conversations. Don’t forget these people. Keep track of names, their position, phone numbers, and email addresses so that you have a pool of job search contacts to refer to now and in the future. A paper or electronic address book can work wonders for keeping a list of valuable contacts.

Don’t forget to include all the people you have spoken to about your job search during informal networking.

2. Utilise a Diary – online or on paper

If you’ve never been able to get into the habit of using a diary to outline your schedule this is a good time to start. People who are organized and good at managing their time weren’t born that way. They simply developed good habits. Use your diary to keep track of your appointments and when applications are due, so you can avoid stressful situations. Otherwise you run the risk of agreeing to an interview at a time you can’t manage because you forgot about your other engagements. Worse still, you may miss the date that an application for a great job is due.

3. Prioritise Interviews

You might end up fielding multiple interviews on the same day. If this happens, try to schedule interviews that are more important or promising earlier in the day. There’s always the possibility that an interview will run longer than expected, and if this happens you don’t want to be late for the interview you really care about. Give yourself enough time to get prepared and arrive at the company’s office with time to spare.

4. Do Your Homework

When you are looking for a new job you should be anticipating interviews. Do your homework on any company that invites you to an interview. Find out a bit about the interviewers as well if possible. Don’t only look up the company to which you’re applying, look up competitors and related companies, as well as the current issues the industry is facing. Your potential employers will be impressed when they see how familiar you are with these things and notice the effort you have put in to be prepared for the interview.

5. Use A Job Search Folder – Digital or physical

Keep track of your progress on the job search so you know exactly what you have done and who you have spoken with. For every job application keep a copy of the job description and the resume you sent and which you had tailored for that job.  File the information you gathered about the company and perhaps the interviewers. Keep interview schedules, addresses, business cards, contacts, and everything else you’ll need. Keep the folder easily available as much as possible (easier if it’s digital!) because you never know when you will get a phone call about one of your applications.  It is so much more impressive if you know exactly what it’s about when someone tells you who they are and where they are from.

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Jenni Proctor

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