When sending out job applications a systematic approach to job search helps. These are tips that I personally use to optimize and organize the process.
Here are 10 tips on how to organize your job hunting:
1. Set a goal for a specific number of job applications each week (i.e. 2 job applications per week).
2. Schedule a specific time (i.e. Sunday evening at 6 p.m.) for writing and sending out job applications.
3. Have stamps and envelopes in a drawer ready to use.
4. Use a binder to organize your job applications.
5. Print out a copy of the job application (and put in binder – Section A).
6. Print out a copy of the job listing (and put in binder – Section B).
7. Print out a copy of the reply (and put in binder – Section C).
8. Use a calendar to keep track of job interviews.
9. Keep track of sent job applications in an Excel-file (and use it as a “Table Of Contents” for your binder, if you wish).
10. Review your progress weekly and monthly.
1. Use an online calendar (i.e. Google Calendar) or you the mobile phone’s calendar to keep track of job interviews.
2. Use a secure autofill form to quickly and easily fill out electronic recruitment forms.
3. Use a free PDF-writer (i.e. CutePDF or DoPDF) to professionally convert your job applications, resumes, etc. to PDF files in order to easily attach to e-mails or electronic recruitment forms - for free.
4. Organize your job applications by having a specific folder on your computer named “Job Applications” with subfolders, and do the same in your e-mail.