Job-hunting can seem incredibly stressful, however being organised can make the task of finding your dream job a lot easier. Try to think of job-hunting as a job in itself. How would you organise yourself at work? Apply that same thinking and logic to your job search.
Lets look at how you can organise yourself in your job search. Below are five simple ways in which you can organise your job search to help you land that dream job.
1. Set daily goals and targets
Every morning, write yourself a list of goals or targets you would like to achieve. This may include targets such as applying for x number of jobs, send x number of application forms, make x number of phone calls etc. Just remember to ensure your targets are achievable. You don’t want to set yourself a target you can never achieve; this will only de-motivate you in your search.
2. Use cloud services
Saving important documents to the cloud such as Google Drive, or Drop Box can save you time and make accessing your documents a doddle. Think about what information you would need to access on the go, such as your CV, or maybe your job search tracker. You can download our job search tracker here. Remember to check the security of the cloud service to ensure your documents are safe.
3. Make the most of job alerts
Most job searching websites have a job alert feature. This can be a great time saver. You simply enter your contact information, and some key words around what work you're looking for and the system will let you know of any new vacancies that match your criteria via email. If you find the system hasn’t sent you any jobs in a few days, check to make sure the data you entered was accurate; does it contain a spelling mistake? It might also be worthwhile doing a quick search yourself to make sure the system hasn’t missed any jobs.
4. Organise your desk
A simple tip, but make sure you keep your work area clean and tidy. Remember, you’re trying to reflect how you would complete tasks within a work environment, with most companies having a clear desk policy. A cluttered desk can cause distractions, make it hard to find important information and generally become a de-motivator. Apply the same thinking to the documents on your computer. Keep CV’s, Cover Letters and other important documents in specific folders on your desktop.
5. Keep a track of your progress
Probably one of the best top tips we could offer you is to ensure you keep a track of the jobs you’ve applied for. It would be very embarrassing to get a call about a job you applied for last week inviting you to an interview and you have to ask what the job was and who the company is because you had forgotten. Create yourself a simple tracker using Microsoft Excel and keep a track of all the jobs you apply for and their status. You can also use our FREE Job Tracker spreadsheet to help you.
Remember that job searching can be a full time job in itself and the more you put in, the more you will get back. Organising your job search will not only save you time, but it will also help you to develop your soft skills and remove any un-unnecessary stress, as job searching can be stressful enough. The more organised you can be, the easier the tasks will become.