How to Stay Organized During your Job Search

How to Stay Organized During your Job Search Keep track of your job applications like a pro and learn how to dance along on your journey to finding the job you’ve always wanted.

Job hunting in 2016 can be a tricky process. There are multiple platforms that allow applicants to submit their resumes, and that alone can lead to disorganization. Since it is important to stay on top of your job search, here are some tips to help:

1. Document.

This will help you keep track of what you have accomplished so far. This includes jotting down the names of companies you’ve applied to and the outcomes of phone and office interviews. If you’ve met with employees, include their names in your documentation.

This will help you decide when to follow up, and with who, when it comes to your resume. Don’t waste your energy on a company that hasn’t responded after a reasonable amount of time.

Keep in mind that hiring managers are always in and out of the office. Because of this, it may take a while before they get a chance to sit down and choose the best candidates up for the position.

2. Fake it. Master the art of being prepared when you actually have no clue. Just what do you do if a recruiter calls and you don’t know what the job is, or the company from which they’re calling? Regardless, speak to the recruiter professionally — That out-of-the-blue opportunity could become your next offer.

Acknowledge that you appreciate the call. You can ask them nicely to remind you of the position you applied for (since your job search notes are not with you at the moment). You can ask for contact details if they’re not displayed on your caller ID.

3. Know the next step. Make sure to express your interest in the job whenyou get the call. If it becomes an initial interview, don’t forget to express your gratitude and remind the interviewer of your continued interest. Ask about the next steps involved and send thank you notes and e-mails to each person — at that step, and at each new step in the process.

Tracking your actions during your search will also help you to refresh your memory as a critical part of a successful job search. Be politely persistent to achieve your goals.

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 80,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.