Job searching is one of those activities that we all hope isn’t going to last long. Often, however, it goes on for longer than we would like, and during that time it’s easy to become really disorganised. If you’re not expecting something to take that long, then why bother with a way to organise it? People often assume that they won’t have to do that much either, and so there isn’t really much to organise in the first place.
I can guarantee that, in the modern day, your job searching will become quite a hefty routine. Unfortunately, it’s becoming harder and harder to snap up a job like that. And, with so much opposition, you’re going to need to apply for a lot of jobs to make sure you have a chance to succeed. And that’s why it’s so important to get organised.
If you don’t, and you continue doing your job searching as and when, you’re likely to apply for jobs twice, miss out on exciting job roles, or fail to notice when you’ve got an interview. It can easily turn something that’s relatively easy into a very frustrating activity. Try these steps below to help get yourself more organised.
- Create a job searching spreadsheet.
Spreadsheets are a great way of organising data and, even if you haven’t used Excel since high school, they’re not too hard to make. Whenever you apply for a job, note down on a spreadsheet (or in a notebook, if you’re old school) the company name, job title, location, date applied for, and any other details you think necessary. You can also use this to track feedback from employers, and whether you’ve been given an interview or have been rejected.
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- Set yourself a job searching goal.
Sometimes it’s easier to become more motivated when we have a goal to aspire to. It can also aid us in keeping track of what’s going on. Set yourself a goal each day or week of how many jobs you want to apply for. You could also set yourself other goals, like looking into other industries, applying for courses, or using a certain amount of job searching methods. Whatever it is, use it to inspire you, and make sure that you’re using SMART goals (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, timed).
- Schedule job searching into your routine.
It’s very easy to see job searching as a chore, and so only doing it when absolutely necessary. It’s also easy to procrastinate and find yourself losing consistency with your job searches. To avoid this, set yourself a specific time each day to do your job searching. You don’t need to be sitting there for hours and hours (especially if you live somewhere with a lack of job opportunities), but just looking for ten minutes isn’t going to be much use either. Set yourself a time that you can manage and that will enable you to get the most out of your job searching.
- Routinely check a variety of different websites.
There’s loads of websites out there that you can use to look for jobs. It’s important not to just stick with one website, as you’ll only be finding limited job opportunities. Broaden your horizons and make sure to check a good selection of different websites each day. You can even create a small checklist on your job searching spreadsheet where all the different websites are listed, so you can be sure you’ve maximised your job search each day.
Just remember, the more organised you get in the beginning, the easier job searching becomes. And if it’s easy and you’re not seeing it as a chore, then you’re much more likely to succeed with it!