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