Best Job Searching Tips to Keep You Organized

These job search tips will help you organize your CV’s or Resumes and collect important information that will help you secure that all important job offer.

I know it’s never easy to motivate yourself after you’ve been rejected a few times, but staying organized helps!

But don’t despair, no matter what circumstances you find yourself in, there IS a job, career or even a business waiting for you!

Perhaps you are:

Being laid off
Your job is being made redundant
Changing careers or job sectors
Returning to work after a career break
Returning to work after looking after an elderly relative
Returning to work after a serious illness
Retired, but need extra income
Needing to increase your finances

No matter what reason you find yourself looking for a job, you’ll need some job search tips to stay organized so that you stay ahead of the game in the 21st century job market.

The thing is, if you’re organized it’s a lot easier to keep track of your progress. OK, so what’s the best way to do this? Well, it just takes a few job search tips, a little planning and it doesn’t have to cost much.

If you already have the Microsoft Excel software on your computer then creating a spreadsheet is the easiest way to keep track of all your job applications. If you don’t have the software, no problem, just use a good old-fashion text pad and write everything down.

OK, so what sort of details should you be including to keep yourself organized?

Main details

- Company or organizations name/address

- Contact name and details

- Date you applied for the job

- Method you applied (online, mail, direct call)

- Job title

- Closing date

- Interview date (if known)

- Main skills required

You probably know by now, if you’ve read our other articles, you should ALWAYS be tweaking your CV or Resume to suit different job roles and different companies, so it makes sense to keep a track of them, too.

Managing your CV’s and Resumes

Believe me, by following these simple job search tips you will STAY SANE while you’re looking for a job. Unless you have some sort of filing system going on, you’ll end up being totally confused with all the different CV’s or Resumes you’re creating flying about.

So, all you have to do is:

Step 1: Create a main folder on your hard drive and call it ‘CV’s’ or ‘Resumes’

Step 2: Create sub-folders with the name of the different companies you’ve applied to

Step 3: Save each version of your CV/Resume with the name of each company

Step 4: File it safely away in the correct sub-folder

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QUICK TIP!

Online applications: If you’ve applied directly online with an electronic application form (lots of government and council departments ask you to do this) then make sure you ‘copy and paste’ the details into a separate file, or write them down, before you hit the ‘submit’ button.

You’ll find what often happens is the information disappears into cyber space and you can’t go back and see what you’ve written. By keeping a separate copy you’ll be able to refresh on the information you provided in your application should you be invited for a job interview.

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After your Job Interview

If you’ve attended job interviews but failed to get the job offers, don’t despair, you can learn a lot by attending these interviews. Let’s face it, maybe the job role wasn’t really suited to your skills, knowledge or experience.

So, how can you improve your chances of succeeding at your next job interview and securing that job offer? Well, here’s your job search tips for organizing the information while it’s still fresh in your mind:

What questions were you asked?
How did you answer these questions?
Which questions caused you the most difficulty?
Which questions did you find easy to answer?
Did you request feedback?
What was the feedback?
Feedback given – areas where you performed well
Feedback given – areas where you can develop further

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