A successful job search begins (and ends) with organization! From decluttering your resume to planning your job interview schedule, the right organizational tips and tools can make all of the difference.
Try these tips from highly organized job hunters, and learn how to organize with planners and productivity tools to land a job you love!
1. Make a list of everyone in your professional network.
According to planner enthusiast Jessica Chung, when you’re looking for a job, it’s not about who you know, but rather who knows you! Jessica used her planner to list the people had worked with. Leveraging those in your professional network can open more doors when job hunting.
Fun Fact: 94% of LifePlanner™ users agree it helped them get more organized.*
2. Update your resume & schedule those coffee dates.
Did you know that 70% to 80% of jobs are not advertised? So, after you update your resume, start scheduling those coffee dates!
Use a planner to list and organize those in your network. You’ll want to track contact information, when and where you worked together, who you’ve already reached out to, when to follow up, appointments to meet for coffee, who has agreed to help you, etc. You never know, one conversation over coffee could lead to helpful advice, a valuable reference or a game-changing introduction.
3. Make a job search budget.
Budgets are an important part of job hunting. Whether you include a budget section in your LifePlanner™ or use a dedicated planner just for budgeting like a Deluxe Monthly Planner or PetitePlanner Budget Book, you want to keep track of your expenses and savings and stick to your budget.
Planner Jodi Steinbeck from Life’s Organized Chaos showed us how to stick to a budget with the Deluxe Monthly Planner.
4. Use a tracker to log all your job leads.
There are a lot of moving pieces to any given job search. Stay organized and keep track of them all by creating a simple tracker in your planner, Checklists Journal or a Dot Grid Journal. This is a great way to organize job leads, resume submissions, interviews, notes and other tasks. Maximize productivity every day during your quest!
5. Always send a thank-you letter!
Make sure you follow up every informational meeting & job interview in your planner with a hand-written thank-you note. It’s a nice gesture, and most either expect it or are pleasantly surprised by it, which can make you stand out above the competition.
Read How To Start Planning to learn more about how to plan for success.
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*Source: March 2019 Customer Survey. N = 16,684