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Last updated on 7/30/18

Organise your job search

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Looking for a new job can be confusing, overwhelming and a lot of work!

You’re set up though… you’ve developed your contacts via social networks, met professional colleagues, and uploaded your CV to job boards and companies you’re interested in working with.

Shortly, you will realise how important it is to focus, dedicate and organise your time to search for that next job.

Take steps to keep your job search organised
Take steps to keep your job search organised.

Tips for organising your job search

  • Create an Excel spreadsheet to track your job search, contact list and career goals. Key columns to include:

    • Company Name

    • Contact of the company, who you will be in touch with during your specific job search

    • Email address of the point of contact

    • Date you applied for the position

    • Summary of the position for which you applied - what did you submit - a resume, portfolio, additional material?

    • Status of your application - applied, interested, in review, rejected, followed up, interview arranged, etc.

Example of how to use a spreadsheet to organise your job search
Example of how to use a spreadsheet to organise your job search.
  • Use Google calendar to enter appointments, networking events, seminars, interviews, and so on. Create alerts!

  • Stay on top of the jobs for which you have applied. If a recruiter calls, you should have relevant information on hand about the job description, your CV and your shining smile!

  • Use a job search dashboard like Job Hero:

    • Track your job search anywhere

    • Log activity – interested, applied, followed up, etc;

    • Aim for referrals

The Job Hero dashboard
The Job Hero dashboard

Stay positive

Be flexible! If one area of your career plan doesn't work out, don’t be hard on yourself. There are and will be many more opportunities in the job market for you.

Example of certificate of achievement
Example of certificate of achievement