When you're looking for a new job, there are a lot of things to consider and keep straight. It's hard enough just updating your resume and LinkedIn page, let alone writing new cover letters and keeping track of everything you applied for or which companies you're waiting to hear back from. Unfortunately, these are all necessary parts of a job search, but they don't have to be confusing and frustrating.
Using the following tips will help you ensure all the details are a little more organized and straightforward:
1) Make a spreadsheet
Perhaps the easiest way to keep track of everything you've done is to create a spreadsheet beforehand that lists everything you need to do, so you can go through and check off items as needed, according to The Balance Careers. Doing so allows you to not only note you've completed a given task, but also keep tabs on which companies and positions you've applied for, when you applied, whether you've heard back yet, when interviews are scheduled for and so on.
2) Use your calendar apps
You can then use the dates and times in your spreadsheets to be reminded of when you may have a phone call or interview with a prospective employer, when you should email someone back and the like, The Balance Careers warned. This is just another area where technology helps you stay on top of your obligations - and being able to take it with you anywhere, thanks to your smartphone.
3) Schedule your job search time
They say looking for work is a full-time job, but experts actually say you shouldn't spend more than a few hours at a time working on job search stuff, according to Glassdoor. For that reason, it's a good idea to make sure you set aside some time, in advance, on any given day to go through those tasks. That way, you can not only start putting yourself in the right headspace, but also help keep you on track.
4) Don't apply for too many positions at once
Just like anything else in life, the more stuff you add to your plate over the course of a job search, the more difficult it is to keep all the documents you need organized and allow you to stay on the right path, Glassdoor advised. With that in mind, limit your application efforts to only a handful of positions and, as you hear back one way or the other, either prioritize that company or cross it off the list and apply somewhere else.
5) Have a place where your job search happens
A great tip that many job search experts recommend is having one dedicated part of your home where you do all your work on this effort, according to LiveCareer. That way, if you jotted something down, you know it will be in that one particular area, but simply going to that place will help you stay more focused on the search itself instead of spending time scrolling through social media and occasionally getting back to the task at hand.