Job hunting can be stressful!
Whether you are a new grad looking for a career or a student looking for a summer job, it can be hard to keep your applications straight – and your motivation high.
Getting your job search (and those applications) organized is a great way to avoid confusion and stay on top of important deadlines.
If you’re actively applying to different jobs, you may have trouble keeping track of all the information you’re juggling.
To begin organizing your job search, start with a spreadsheet or a blank document.
In this document, create headings that include the name of the place you applied to or contacted, the job title, the date you applied, who you applied to or how you applied, and any other important information as outlined in the job description.
This spreadsheet will help you track everything pertinent to your job hunt.
Organize your applications
As you apply for new jobs, it’s important to keep all your resumes and cover letters in one place, and keep them organized.
If you get a call back for an interview, you want to be able to bring copies of the cover letter and resume you applied with.
Create a folder on your computer, and within that folder create a new folder for every new job you apply to. Label your files appropriately with the job title, and company applied to.
Use your calendar
If you have a lot of job search momentum, it’s easy to get dates confused, or overlook relevant followup dates.
Marking key dates on your calendar is the best way to streamline your applications. When you submit an application, make note of any relevant dates, particularly the expected closing date or timeframe for hearing back from the employer.
This step is crucial in making sure to follow up and reach out to recruiters in an appropriate time frame.
Plan short- and long-term goals
It’s easy to get tunnel vision when you’re trying to hatch your career.
As you plan and organize your applications and key dates, set aside some time to review your progress and identify new goal-setting opportunities.
It’s good to be prepared for unexpected setbacks, and having some key dates set aside as opportunities to rest and recharge is absolutely crucial to your continued success.