Job searching can be difficult and frustrating during the best of times, try not to be too hard on yourself at this time. There are some easy tricks to help you navigate through the steps needed to find that perfect or close to perfect job. Success can be attributed to being organized, focused, and accessing continued support. Staying organized and focused is important, but also subjective in some respects.
We all have different techniques to stay organized and focused, so find out what works for you.
Here are some tips:
1. Create an Employment Job Search Spreadsheet/Table
You can use Word or Excel, your choice, to create a simple spreadsheet/table. This will allow you to keep track of the names of the companies, dates you applied, specific resume/materials you sent, and any other pertinent information you might need to remember when the employer calls to set up an interview. And they will call, stay positive!
2. Tech Savvy
If you prefer to stay organized online, and you have a Gmail account, you can use Google Drive, through which you can create, save, and export spreadsheets, in addition to written documents like your cover letter and resume. You can also link up with Google calendar to make sure you stay on top of important dates.
3. Old School
If you are old school, you can go back to the old ways and use a notebook/daytimer. Dedicate the content to everything job search related. You can keep track of your resume submissions, company research, network contacts, and so much more.
Keep It Simple Sister/Sir and focus on what matters. By simplifying your job search you ensure that you will not become overwhelmed. A good rule here is to focus on quality, not quantity; apply to positions for which you are qualified. Remember, it is important to target your resume and cover letter to each position.
5. Job Search Management Tools
There are a variety of websites that offer free or reasonably priced job search management tools that are specifically designed for job seekers. Jibber Jobber is perhaps the most well-known option and is an excellent resource for staying organized, however, there is a cost. Huntr provides a centralized place to organize your job search. It helps you keep track of opportunities, tasks, notes, events, and contacts relevant to your search.
6. Employment Coaches
One of the best ways to stay on top of your job search and access support is to talk with an Employment Coach. They can help with resume creation, mock interviews, career planning/assessments, connections to local employers, training options, information, and access to government programs and services, and so much more.
There are many tips for conducting a successful job search; the above are a few that we hope you have found useful!
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