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9 Ways to Stay Organised in Your Job Search

Posted on 12th July 2017 by Katrina Docherty

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Multiple websites, emails, phone numbers and resumes! It’s hard to keep everything straight while job searching, right? When you are job searching, it is important to stay organised.


1. Create a Job Application Spreadsheet in Excel

If you’re familiar with Microsoft Excel or a similar program, creating a spreadsheet is a simple and effective way to keep track of your job applications. You can include the following columns: Company Name, Contact, Email, Date Applied, Application Summary, Interview, Follow-up, and Status.


2. Create a Job Application Table in Word

If Excel is not for you, you can create a simple table in Microsoft Word or any similar word processor. In your table, the columns are the categories you want to keep track and the rows are to how many positions you’re applying for.


3. Use Google Spreadsheets and Calendar

Google is the best way to go if you want to stay organised online. Make use of Google Calendar, Google Drive, and Google Docs.


4. Use JibberJobber

JibberJobber is perhaps the most well-known option and is an excellent resource for staying organised. It’s easy to get disorganised during a job hunt. To help you keep track of information you have collected during your job search, you can use a free tool such as JibberJobber.


5. Use Your Smart Phone

For a do-it-yourself method of organization, consider using your smartphone “as is” – for example, use your notes or download a spreadsheet app and keep track of your information there. You can also use alarms, alerts and your calendar to stay on top of impending deadlines, interviews, and other important dates and times. And of course, there are a lot of mobile apps you can use.


6. Use a Notebook

If you’re a pen-in-hand type who likes to keep it old school, buy a notebook and dedicate it to your job search. To keep track of your application, you can use it to jot down a cover letter draft, take notes during interviews, and record anything else that comes up while you’re looking for jobs, networking, and interviewing.


7. Create a Twitter Job Search List to Track Job Listings

Recruiters are tweeting jobs they need to interview candidates everyday—making twitter a seriously untapped resource for job seekers. Creating a job search list including recruiters, hiring managers, and job search websites can help you get updates on these leads.


8. Manage Your Online Reputation

Manage your online reputation using a social mention. It is very important to keep your reputation crystal clear while job searching.


9. Manage Your Business Cards

Manage and organize your business cards you collect while networking using Insightly. Insightly helps you manage your key contacts and relationships for FREE. It’s an awesome tool for your job search.