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Welcome to the second week of the 30 Days to Get A Job Challenge! Since by now, you have already discovered your capabilities and considered your preferences and the various job possibilities. This week, the focus is on sharpening your job search tools. Today, we will be sharing 4 essential tools to help you stay organised in the process of job searching, and in the following days, we will continue with the rest of the most valuable and powerful job search tools - your CV and cover letter.
There are a number of obstacles to tackle when searching for a job, and this can make the process pretty stressful. Your chances of being successful in your job search increase significantly by staying organised. Anyone can apply to hundreds of vacancies, but it looks very unprofessional when a recruiter calls about a potential interview and you've forgotten what position you applied to or what the company is about. This is why you want to keep track of where and what you've applied to. This can also be helpful when you're following up with companies - whether you need interview feedback or want to see how your application is getting on. There are several ways to stay organised in your job search, many of which involve modern technology, but some that work perfectly are the old-fashioned way including a pen and a piece of paper. Giving each of these a try will be a great way to find the most efficient and effective method for you.
This will be one of your main organisational tools for the job search and applies to everyone. Keep on top of job alerts and any possible replies from companies. Nothing looks worse than someone who takes a week to reply to their emails! It might be a good idea to create a specific email address for job applications - this way you can have a professional-looking email and you will have a designated space specifically for the job search, making it harder to miss important emails and dig through spam emails.
Make sure your notifications are on so you can keep on top of your connections and messages. Connecting with others can help get your foot in the door at hard-to-reach companies. LinkedIn is the best place to get advice on applications and info on a company; this means when you're interacting with someone, you should be fairly quick with responses to avoid looking rude. Keep LinkedIn notifications on at all times!
You can do this one online or using the good old pen and paper. The ultimate goal of a job search is to land a job, however, it's a good idea to set several other targets in order to be successful with your end goal! It can feel like the applications you're sending are never-ending, but you are not alone in this; the amount of applications it normally takes to successfully land a job is surprising. This is why your weekly targets should include how many jobs you’ll apply to and how many networking events you will attend. This consistency and perseverance will make your job search process so much easier in the long run and is a much more effective alternative to applying for a job here and there. Knowing the number of applications you've sent off will give you a better idea of where you are in the process.
Use a diary to keep track of job applications and any upcoming interviews or networking events. Keep a list of companies you've applied to and the positions with a brief description that you can easily refer to in case of the company calling for a potential interview. Being unsure of who you're talking to and what you're talking about is a surefire way to turn a recruiter off.
By writing down when you’ve applied to jobs, you’ll also be able to track how long until you can follow up on your application. Be mindful of which company you've applied to, as some (in particular large multinationals) will receive hundreds, if not thousands of applications for an individual position. Give smaller companies a week before you follow up. Finally, a diary can be a great way to note any feedback you've gotten about a particular interview. Feedback from any interview will be helpful in making yourself into an even more employable candidate!
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By incorporating all of these organisational tips into your job search, you should find the process a lot more efficient and a lot less stressful. You'd be surprised by just how disorganised many people's application methods are. Organisational skills stand out to an employer and therefore make you a great potential candidate. Do you know what also increases your chances of being a great potential candidate? A great and outstanding CV! Tomorrow, we will have a look at the CV writing started pack, so stay tuned!
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