Organize Your Job Search, a Guide for Success

Looking for a job can be a stressful operation. A sense of panic can quickly take over the process. However, agitation and dread are counterproductive. To achieve success, it’s important to keep your job search organized.  

The secret to a successful job search comes from the process you use. Keep track of everything and develop a system. That way, you can shorten the time needed to find a position and land the best opportunity you can.  

Here is a guide to organizing your successful job search:  

Research the Market   

Before you start submitting formal applications, conduct some preliminary research. The more information you can gather about the market and about particular positions, the better positioned you’ll be to find the right job.  

Know what salaries/benefits you can expect. Selecting the right opportunities means knowing what’s possible, given your skills and background. Also, further down the road, you’ll be able to go into every negotiation with the right mindset.   

Highlight the right skills. You have a unique collection of abilities. However, getting hired means focusing on the skills employers want most. Your research will allow you to turn the spotlight on your most marketable selling points.  

Target your search. What particular positions should you focus on? What specific employers? By learning as much as you can about the industry, you’ll have those answers.  

Prepare Your Materials   

Once you have a good picture of the market, it’s time to prepare the materials you need to apply for jobs.   

Resume(s): Use a template to prepare a detailed, comprehensive resume. From what you learned during the research step, you should know what to highlight. Once you create a “master resume” with your entire work history listed, you can trim it down to create custom resumes for particular positions.  

Cover letter: Your cover letter allows you to expand on your resume. You can include details here that complete the picture of what kind of employee you can be. As with the resume, start with a broad, generic version of your cover letter that you can use as a template. From there, you can customize it for specific opportunities.  

References/recommendations: Before launching a job search, get in touch with your references. Make sure you have up-to-date contact info and that they are willing to provide the necessary information when requested.  

Portfolio: Depending on the type of job you’re looking for, you might need practical examples of your work. Have these ready to show off to potential employers.  

Track Everything   

Large corporations use data to perfect their operations. Use the same approach to your job search. Keep track of your efforts as you move through the process. This will help you follow up more effectively and allow you to improve your process over time.  

Use a spreadsheet. Utilizing the right tools makes organization easier. Input details of your job search in a spreadsheet or take advantage of the many apps custom-built for job seekers.  

Track your applications. Record potential opportunities and any pertinent details about the process, such as the dates on which you submitted your applications. This will let you plan your follow-up strategy and gauge your overall progress.   

Organize your network. Networking is key to a successful job search. Track how you conduct this process as well. That way, you don’t reach out to the same contact twice, or don’t end up forgetting about a connection that could help you find a position.  

Keep a Schedule  

Time management is crucial to the job search process. You want to find a new position as quickly as possible, while simultaneously maximizing your chances of landing the right position. That requires organization.   

Find a quiet place to work. Finding a job is like working from home. You have to carve out a space where you can stay focused.   

Treat your job search like a job. Set a schedule, complete with a start time. Keep going until you put in sufficient hours. As with a job, review your performance on a constant basis. Set benchmarks for yourself and check in periodically to make sure you doing everything you can to achieve your goals.   

Finding the perfect position requires an organized job search. Having professional advice can improve your chances as well. A top recruiting firm, like LaborMAX, can put you in the ideal position to jumpstart your career.  

Contact LaborMAX Staffing today to learn more, or browse our online job portal for the industrial jobs available in your area.