You're a few days or weeks into your job search. While you've managed to meet up with some people in your network and send out a few resumes each day, things are starting to pile up. A hiring manager even called you, but you weren't able to remember which application their call was about and had to ask them to call you back.
Problems like these can be avoided easily, as long as you're willing to put effort into organizing your search efforts. The search can take a period of weeks or months, and even then you may not be sure about what your next steps should be. Getting organized can be easier than you'd expect and can help propel your efforts forward at the same time.
Three simple steps
can play a big role in your efforts and set you up for success in your job search, according to The Globe and Mail. The first one is very easy - simply purchase a small notebook and carry it around with you. In it, the news source said that you should mark down every commitment you make, no matter how small or large. Then, by following through on those commitments, you'll be better prepared and organized, more experienced in sending out your applications.
Use the Internet to your advantage
TalentEgg added that spreadsheets can be a good tool
for you to use in your application tracking as well. If you're actively applying to multiple jobs per day, that can add up quickly and leave you confused about where you stand on each one. Spreadsheets are an easy way to fix that problem. In them, you can create headings that correspond to different places you've applied, the position you applied for, when you first contacted the company, the name of the manager you spoke to, the way you applied for the job and any other pertinent information you can think of. By doing this, you'll be able to keep track directly of where and when you've applied, and you'll also be able to know the best times for you to follow up with any managers.
Another simple yet effective strategy for the job search is to plan short- and long-term goals for yourself. Putting things in perspective over a longer period of time can be very helpful when you're trying to launch your career - it makes it easier to avoid sweating the small stuff. As long as your short-term goals are realistic - a number of applications sent out per week, or a certain amount of networking visits - your long-term approach will not be harmed at all over time.
Better ways to deal with stress
Dealing with the stresses of the job search, which can at times seem overwhelming, can be handled simply by altering your view of the situation. The search inevitably will make you feel frustrated at times, but if you remove yourself from the situation by taking a walk for a few minutes, or taking your mind off things with a quick distraction, you can lower the amount of stress that you feel.
You might even consider working outside of your typical environments to help de-stress. Local libraries and coffee shops increasingly offer free Wi-Fi access and other perks that make it easy to break out of your traditional searching methods. Whether you're getting lunch or an oil change, you probably will have the ability to connect to their free Wi-Fi and can check up on applications. Changing your scenery when you feel stressed about your job search can help you shake the monotony of searching online at home every day, and therefore bring new momentum to your job search.