Organizing Your Job Search

Organizing Your Job Search

Job Search Strategy with computer keyboard

So, how’s your oral health? Just checking. The only thing that hurts more than a toothache is not having a great job search strategy…

Here’s a Job Search Reality: Organization is a MUST in the job search. It doesn’t matter whether you use one of the on-line job campaign systems such as JibberJobber, an Excel spreadsheet, or file folders, the point is you must stay organized throughout your campaign.

You need to keep track of jobs you’ve applied for and your employer research, maintain copies of the customized resume and cover letter you submitted for each position, a calendar to remind you to follow up with contacts and attend networking functions, and notes to remind you of important points from conversations and interviews.

I probably don’t need to tell you this, but I will anyway: it is critical that you do what you say you will do throughout your job search—prospective employers will see a direct correlation between your follow-up and follow-through during the job search and your ability to do the same once in the position.

If you tell a prospective employer that you will check back with them next Friday to see how their hiring process is coming along, DO IT. If you tell a new networking contact that you will e-mail her your resume within two hours, DO IT. Create an infrastructure for your job search that facilitates your success.

In summary: Here’s a great analogy I learned recently, and it seems to resonate with my clients: In your job search, you want to be a thermostat, not a thermometer.

Think about it: a thermometer just measures what’s there, whereas a thermostat determines how comfortable the room will be. In other words, a thermometer is reactive, whereas a thermostat is proactive.

Be a thermostat in your job search and you’ll be amazed at the things you can make happen!

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