Day 7 - Tools to Stay Organised in your Job Search
There are a number of obstacles to tackle when searching for a job, and this can make the process pretty stressful. By staying organised in your job search your chances are much greater in being successful. Anyone can apply to 100s 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 the old fashioned way with pen and 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 check 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!
Create weekly goals
You can do this one online or on good old pen and paper. The ultimate goal of a job search is to land a job, however, it's a good idea to make 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 to a job here and there. Knowing the amount 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!
Track your progress
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By incorporating all of these organisational tips into your job search, you should find the process is 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.
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Good old diary and a pen are your best friends! Don't like mobile notes or mobile diaries! Too old fashioned!
posted 7 months ago by Razim
in my opinion, everybody should use something to be able to remember the things that he/she want or did.. personally I use My Mobile notes and calendar.. When I dont put in my calendar usually it makes a bit problem.
posted 7 months ago by mariwan
I'm following some of these advices, but should be well to use a diary.
posted 7 months ago by Hristina
Oh my goodness I made lots of the listed mistakes! Very interesting content, thank you. For sure I will follow these tips, especially regarding the creation of a different professional email address and the weekly reminder of the applications sent.
posted 7 months ago by Ylenia
I regularly and properly, read all daily task but never do none of them properly. Am I the only one ? I mean, for example I didn't write a letter to 5 years later version of myself.
posted 7 months ago by Batuhan
I don't either. I take this challenge as an opportunity to potentially learn new things in job research, but to be honest I was already familiar to many of the advices published in here. However, I firmly believe that they can be very useful for beginners in the job research world. I think you should follow the advices as much as you can, but that doesn't mean you can't skip those who won't necessarily work for you. :)
posted 7 months ago by Sandra
I share all of this content, absolutely!! Thank you so much for tips and the inspiration!
posted 7 months ago by Greta
l have made this mistake twice l got an interview and forgot the title of the job
posted 7 months ago by elvis
Wow .. rich and useful tips thank you. Already I have a premium account on linked and updated.
posted 7 months ago by Ahmad
Useful article! I've never adapted my CV to different companies I applied to. That must have been a huge mistake!!
posted 7 months ago by Julia
Thank you for the valuable information! Já utilizo o Linkedin com principal ferramenta de busca.
posted 7 months ago by Crisneide A.