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These 5 Tips Will Help You Keep Your Job Search Organized

Finding the right job takes a lot of time, energy, and resources. And it’s important to keep track of it all so you don’t miss a deadline, lose valuable contact information, or forget to make a follow-up call.

Start by taking a deep breath and developing a system for staying organized throughout your search. There are many options for doing this, so choose the one that works best for you. It doesn’t have to be the most high-tech unless that’s what floats your boat and keeps you on track. You do you. And soon, that dream job will become a reality.

See which of these tips resonate as you head down this exciting path:

Create a spreadsheet.

A spreadsheet is a simple, effective way to keep track of everything going on in your job search. Your columns might include:

  • The name of the company and job title.
  • Your contact person and their information.
  • The dates you applied or otherwise made contact.
  • A summary of what you’ve submitted, such as a resume and cover letter, application, portfolio, or list of references.
  • Interview and other important dates.
  • Follow-up dates and actions.
  • An overall status recap: Did you land an interview? Were you rejected? Do you need to do some additional follow-up?
  • If you’re not a fan of Excel, you can create a simple table in Word, Google Docs, or a similar word processor.

    Use Google Drive and Calendar.

    If you have a Gmail account, you can use Google Drive to create, save and export your spreadsheet and other job-related documents. And, you can link to Google Calendar as a further means of keeping track.

    Set up job alerts.

    Most job sites have alert systems that notify you when there are new openings that match your interests. When you sign up for these alerts, you receive job listings via email. This saves you having to mine through everything on every search engine. When you decide to apply for a job, you can use the information in the original message as a starting point.

    Go mobile.

    If you spend more time on your phone or tablet than your computer, you may want to use a mobile app to organize your job search. Also, on your phone, you can use your Notes, download a spreadsheet app, or use alarms, alerts, and the calendar to stay on top of impending deadlines and developments.

    Or, go old school.

    Sometimes, technology can be cumbersome. You’re welcome! So if you prefer, buy a good old-fashioned notebook and dedicate it to your job search. Invest in your favorite pens, pencils and/or highlighters, too!

    The career development experts at PrideStaff Modesto can help through every stage of your successful job search, from resume development and submission to landing and preparing for interviews, following up with employers through salary negotiations, and making a smooth transition into your new role. Our focus areas include administration, customer service, IT, accounting and finance, legal support, healthcare, and production. Read our related posts or contact us today to learn more.

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