Getting your Job Hunting Organised
SummaryJob hunting can seem like a full time job itself. The first step to getting organised is taking the time to develop a career strategy to determine know what kinds of jobs you think you might like to apply for.
Job hunting can seem like a full time job itself. The first step to getting organised is taking the time to develop a career strategy to determine know what kinds of jobs you think you might like to apply for. By getting organised before you commence job hunting, then there will be no surprises along the way.
1. Create timeAssess how much time you have to dedicate to job hunting. If you have minimal time available, then you may have to re-prioritise areas of your life in order to create some time. There is no guarantee that the more time you dedicate to job hunting the faster outcomes may be, but it can certainly help. Creating time can be as simple as waking up 30 minutes earlier or shortlisting potential jobs on the train.
2. Determine how you like to keep trackKnowing who you have talked to, what you have applied for and where you are in the application process is key to keeping on top of all your applications and staying sane.
Set up a spreadsheet or online document to track what jobs you're interested in, when the closing date is, what you've applied for, who you've talked to, what you've said and where you are in the application process. It will also help to write down any usernames or passwords that you've been asked to set up as part of the process. It is all too easy to forget.
Setting up additional files in your inbox filing by rules or tags also ensures that emails are not mislaid, and by using a personal email instead of a work one makes it easier to maintain networks after you leave your position.
3. Get your papers readyFor many jobs, you'll require a number of documents. Preparing everything you may need means the process can be far more efficient. Make sure that you have a current CV, and have notified the referees on your CV that you're applying for jobs. Depending on the types of positions you’re applying for you may also need to get academic transcripts, proof of citizenship, health and security checks completed. Keep a hardcopy and electronic set.
4. Mentally prepare yourself
Know what you are, and are not willing to give up. If you're applying for a different country, do your research. What are the requirements? Are you prepared to move? Does the job require extensive travel? Know what your current contract says and how many weeks’ notice you're required to give. In most cases, but not all, a start date can be negotiable. By doing this, your job hunting can be far more targeted.
5. Be realisticWe should all aim for the stars but not all of us will reach them tomorrow. Let’s be honest, job hunting can take time, energy and effort. Getting a job is not necessarily based on smarts and skills, but in many cases it’s all about who you know and what conversations you’ve had.