How to Get and Stay Organised During Your Job Search

When looking for a new job, many agree that it is very stressful. One has to keep track of all the positions they applied for, what files were requested by each company, which ones replied, which ones scheduled an interview, what to prepare, etc. If this is your first time looking for a job, these details can be overwhelming, and if you cannot keep up, you may miss an opportunity by accident.

So, how can you stay organised during your job search? Here are 5 great tips that I recommend you try to achieve an organised job search and increase your chances of getting the job you truly want:

Create A Tracking System That Can Help Streamline Your Search

When you do a job search, you will try to apply to as many jobs as possible to increase your chances of getting a response. However, if you are not careful, you may make double applications.

You can track your job search in many ways, from spreadsheets, job application apps, and project management tools to writing it on your planner. When writing the job applications in your chosen tracking system, write down the name of the position, the company, the hiring manager, the interview dates, and the outcome.

Setup Your Inbox And Files

If you intend to apply to numerous companies and get interviewed, you will definitely need to follow up with them regularly. You may miss those critical replies if your inbox constantly gets new emails and they are not labelled accordingly. You may also find it hard to control your email inbox as new emails come in.

You can bypass this problem by using labels, folders and your email’s numerous organising features. You can start by creating new labels for the emails you receive and creating folders to move these emails. Once the emails are sorted out, check each folder and reply to each email in the folder. If you will need to have files sent to these emails, have them placed in one folder that is easy to reach.

Have A List Of Target Companies

If you want to focus your job search, it is best to have a clear list of companies you want to work for. Start with a short list of companies you believe have the right work culture and environment for growing. If openings exist, apply for them with an adjusted resume that fits that organisation.

Use Your Network

Some job openings are not listed on job search websites. An excellent way to get access to these openings is by having a connection within the organisation or with people who work for these companies. Use social media to make connections, and when you reach out to these people, request advice and see what openings you can check out.

Use Job Search Filters

Some job seekers do not use filters to get a job that matches their requirements perfectly. If you want to stay organised, why not use the job search filters available? Not only will it reduce the number of applications you have to track, but you will also have the opportunity to personalise the resume to suit the application.

No matter your job-searching experience, you need to be on your toes if you want to succeed. But, if you stop for a bit and develop a strategy that will keep you organised as you do your job search, it will make your search more efficient and successful. So, if you are going to search for a job, read these tips and apply them to your strategy to see any improvements in the way you look at job hunting.

I know that job search are not easy. Whether you are a fresh graduate or looking to switch your career path, here are some quick and easy tips to make your search better:
The Best Way to Job Search When You Are Employed
Conquering Your Fear of Changing Jobs
Common Networking Mistakes Job Seekers Often Make

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Job searching is hard and stressful. It is a job within itself. References, contact information , keeping up with everything can be stressful. It was hard for me when I first started looking for a job many, many years ago. It is good to stay organized when searching for jobs. Another valid point you mentioned is keeping your resume updated, that will go a long way when searching for a job. Great information. Thanks for sharing. Have a great week.


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