If you are in career hunt then you may quickly ascertain that you will need to initiate managing information and time extra effectively. Whether you submit an application for twenty jobs in a month or a hundred jobs in one month, you will need to maximise your time and resources to assist you to optimize career prospects and interview possibilities. During a career hunt we often focus on managing our resumes and the positions we apply for. But are there other aspects of our jobs search that require equal attention? Below are a few thoughts on how to expand a few key job searching techniques that will help you to supercharge your job hunting efforts.
Resume Access: Create a folder on your PC or Notebooks where you can immediately access copies of your cv. If you keep multiple copies of a resume for atypical types of work opportunities, then name the resumes with a short title that will help you to immediately ascertain the type of job you desire to present this cv to. If you have a smart phone that can store, exhibit or electronically submit one of your resumes, then it would be a good plan to transfer your resumes into a folder on your smart phone or portal tablet. For example, if you were going on a career interview and a recruiter called and requested a copy of your cv to send to a hiring manager – you would be prepared to act instantaneously. Always remember to print a few copies on, heavy stock paper 24-32 lb, to pass out directly to a hiring manager or recruiter.
Job Lead Tracking: Create a list of the jobs prospects that you have discovered or applied for. Track the leads by the company name, the job contact, the source of the lead and the date when you applied. You can create a list on a writing pad or use an application like MS Excel. You may also consider adding a rating of 1-5 for each position. Ranking your job leads can help you sort and prioritize your time by those employment opportunities that are a good fit and are likely to lead to an offer. Setting up your information into a personal database will help you to more successfully use your time and budget your resources. Having a job lead database will help you to avoid submitting your cv to the same company position and job contact more than once.
Event Management: Track your job interviews and job search meeting in a calendar. Consider using a pocket calendar, a table calendar, an organizer or even on our smart phone. An significant advantage of the calendar is to remind you of the interview date and time. You can also use your calendar to complete your job search more effectively. For example, attempt to schedule in-person job interviews that are close in proximity on the same day. If you are traveling to a business onsite, try to schedule added job search activities around the appointment. Perhaps there is a recruiter that you can stop in on and visit on the same day. Perhaps you can schedule an informational interview around a visit to a new company contact.
Follow Up: Do remember to send a thank you note after a job interview. This is very important as these thank you notes can set you apart from the other people who have applied for the same job with the same level of vocation experience, training and qualifications. One should send the thank you note on the same afternoon as the interview. If you wait for three or more days, it becomes valuable to the job contact.
You can find a free downloadable Job Search Organizer at http://www.CareerConnected.com Free Job Search Organizer. Best wishes on your job hunt.
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