Is your job search a mess? Time to clean up!

March 16, 2011

Blank piece of paper and pencil on a wooden desk.

The only tools you need to organize any job search.

By Samantha MacDonald

Your phone rings and it’s a number you don’t know.

You pick up and are immediately struck by panic: it’s an HR professional calling from a company you don’t recognize asking you to come in to interview for a job you don’t remember applying for.

The jobseeker’s worst nightmare.

Make sure this doesn’t happen to you by getting your job search organized!

According to career coach Brenda Cody, having a system in place and using it on a regular basis is key. In this week’s Job Search Fast Track Teleclass, Brenda shared some tips on how to keep your job search ducks in a row.

Tip #1: Find a Tool That Works for You

Are you an internet addict? Then you should check out the job search management tools provided by your favorite internet job board or a site like JibberJobber that specializes in organizing job searches. Maybe you have a knack for Excel and would rather keep your job search information on a spreadsheet conveniently located on your desktop. Do you think of computers as a necessary evil? Then a pencil and a notepad might be the right tools for you.

Tip #2: Keep a Detailed Record of Every Job You Apply For

Here’s a short list of what information Brenda advises you to keep handy:

  • every position you’ve ever applied to, the company name, and contact information;
  • where you found out about the position;
  • whatever research you did on the company;
  • all materials sent to you by the company;
  • a log of all conversations and e-mails you exchanged with individuals at the company;
  • any follow-up information you provided to the company and the date you last contacted them.

By getting your job search organized, you are not only able to avoid the jobseeker’s worst nightmare, but you are also one step closer to landing the job of your dreams.

Missed out on the first round of this teleclass? We’ll keep you posted for when the second round of this 4-week course starts again. In the meantime, check out our free webinar series and sign up to get started with TeneoTalent today!

http://TeneoTalent.com offers a new process of sales recruiting that uses sales assessments for both employers and job seekers to create long term fits. We also offer career development tools through our sales career-coaching program, including resume writing. We offer career advice and career matching. And, although our organization has a national focus, we have many Denver and Boulder sales jobs available at the moment.

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