For many candidates, managing a job search is almost like a job within itself. You have 50 versions of your resume to juggle, leads to follow-up on, interviews and meetings on the calendar, while still trying to manage a personal life. Staying organized and managing your priorities during your search is critical, to ensure maximum productivity – hopefully resulting in a job. Below are a few tips that the career consultants at ResumeSpice have put together to help you stay organized during your search.
Choose a tool and stick with it
Using ten different planners can create chaos, so pick a method or two and stick to them. Eliminate the confusion created by keeping two notebook planners, Google Calendar, Trello, and Outlook. Combining an electronic tool that syncs with your phone and the old-school pen and paper can be effective for capturing ideas and jotting tasks on-the-go, while providing appropriate back-up. One tool we love is Wunderlist. It’s both an app and desktop tool, so you can easily sync your to do list on all your devices. It’s also a great tool for saving articles on the web to read later.
Block your time
Color coding your schedule to indicate specific activities is a great way for visual-learners to organize their days. Email tools such as Outlook and Gmail allow you to color code your meetings so that you can easily view your activities at a glance. Using this method, you would color code your meetings, interviews, time spent researching companies, and other job search activities so each type of activity was represented by a different color. Color coding also makes it easy to look back and easily view how you spent your time.
Goal-oriented people are capable of recognizing and letting go of things that are disconnected from those goals. If you are in the process of job searching, having clear-cut career goals will help you stay motivated, committed, prepared, and capable of keeping your activities focused on the objective ahead.
Let Go of Perfection
Embraced the 80 / 20 rule. To get to a 100% of end goal is disproportionately time-consuming. Too much concentration on perfection can be immobilizing, causing job seekers to lose track of the big-picture. Sometimes good work is good enough.
Let us Help!
Staying organized during your job search may be challenging, but the good news is that you don’t have to go about it alone. We are here to help keep you on track by providing career search tips and by helping you create a great resume, cover letter, and/or LinkedIn profile. Contact the career consultants at ResumeSpice today and let us help! Let us help!