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How to Organize Your Job Search

A Simple Way to Organize Your Job Search

Shooting out so many job applications that you're not spending time catering your résumé and cover letter to each position is simply counterproductive. However, an efficient job search includes dedicating several hours each day to the employment cause, and ideally this means applying for a handful of jobs each day. Keep track of your daily job search by creating log. Maintain a spreadsheet with the following details and update it at the end of each day.

  • Applications sent: name of positions and companies.
  • Where you found the job.
  • Followup status.
  • A section listing the job sites you visited that day.

Organizing your job search will ensure that none of your efforts slip through the cracks, and looking at your full spreadsheet will make you feel accomplished.

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cezaryhuntsy cezaryhuntsy 5 years
 @shannrose  Great idea! It's important to keep track of everything you send, especially if you have multiple versions of your cover letter and resume. But that also quickly becomes a chore, especially when you're applying for dozens of jobs. Wouldn't you rather focus on important things like finding the right position, securing an interview, or preparing your resume? This is exactly the problem we're trying to solve with Huntsy (http://www.huntsy.com), a new tool that helps you organize your job search. Our goal is to streamline the process into one workflow so you don't have to worry about all of the details. All of your jobs are organized in one place, you can can do neat things like schedule interviews and uncover hidden professional connections, and we also send you email reminders when something is due. Let us know what you think!    @Anonymous Sometimes a little persistence makes a big difference. Have you been diligent about following up in each place? And have you proactively searched your social networks for people who work at the companies where you're applying (past or present), so you can get a warm introduction? Those are two of the most effective ways to get a response from a potential employer.
shannrose shannrose 6 years
Something I also did was have a copy of each cover letter I sent out so that if I was called back, I knew exactly what I wrote to that specific employer.
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