Properly organizing and managing your job search is just as important as identifying the best opportunities and submitting your application. Keeping track of all the details can be a full-time job in itself! The good news is: there are a few simple tips you can follow that involve a little work upfront but are well worth it in the long run.
Have an effective tracking system.
A spreadsheet is a good place to start. It doesn’t have to be fancy, as long as it works for you. You can use Excel or set up a simple table in Microsoft Word, Google Docs, or a similar word processor if that’s not your thing.
Consider using a project management tool.
Project management tools are another way to keep information all in one place and help you prioritize your job search activities. There is a number to choose from, including Asana, Trello, ClickUp, and Monday.com.
Wanna go old school?
If you like to see everything visually laid out in print form, make a job binder with tabs to delineate different positions you’re interested in. You can print out calendar pages for time frames and deadlines, as well as checklists, extra copies of your resume, and any other helpful documents.
Set up your inbox and files.
Organize your inbox by creating labels for the various types of emails you receive, such as phone interviews, in-person interviews, and reference checks. Then, make separate folders for each company and/or position. When a message comes in, give it the appropriate label and file it into the right folder.
When job searching, you generate a lot of files. Save the relevant ones to a designated folder on your computer and/or a service like Google Drive or Dropbox. This way, you can access them from anywhere. Whenever you send a file to a company, note this in your job spreadsheet or binder.
Make sure it’s portable.
Be ready to access your information from your phone, just in case something develops when you’re not near another computer. Have copies on Google Drive or a similar service so you can get to them from any internet-connected device.
As you strategize and organize your job search, PrideStaff Modesto can help with it all – starting with finding the right temporary or permanent opportunities and getting your foot in the right doors. From there, we can help polish up your resume and cover letters and manage all your search data. When the time comes (and it will!), we’ll make sure you’re ready to ace your interviews, follow up afterward, and cruise through salary negotiations and your successful career transition. Read our related posts or contact us today to learn more.