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3 Effective Steps to Manage Your Job Search

By: Matthew Howland

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Matthew Howland | Matt is the owner of, the place to rate your current and past employers. If you enjoyed this article check out others at Articles.

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Many job seekers struggle with how to effectively manage their job search. Given the fact job hunting is not something you do full time, this is understood. If you are recently unemployed, the reality is finding work now must become your full time job and it is time you became an expert.

As a construction project manager my skills and background helped me develop organized job management tools. The organizational methods I developed for my own job hunt, I now offer you.

At this point, I assume you already created or updated your resume as well as signed up for various job boards. If not, I suggest you do so prior to completing the steps listed here. For more help with getting your feet on the ground, Google my article “7 MUST DOs ONCE UNEMPLOYED”.

1. Create A List of Potential Employers

Listings on job boards will receive hundreds, even thousands of resumés, making your chances of landing the job or even being called for an interview very small. You can overcome this by contacting companies directly. Doing so will give you opportunities for unadvertised positions as well as potentially build your network.

Make an extensive list of all potential employers within your job search area(s). For assistance, use the local yellow pages or online business directories to seek companies related to your field. This list should be, extensive with at least 50 companies, or more.

After the list is created, prioritize it based on your job and employer priorities. The internet is your friend for finding necessary information to help with your decision. On a daily basis you will apply to some of these companies. Use your prioritized list which to contact first.

When prioritizing your list, use a somewhat adaptable method. The 1,2,3,4,… method, while effective for small lists, does not lend itself to large lists. My favorite way to organize large lists is to assign an A, B, or C to each item in the list. A = high priority item; B = medium priority item; C = low priority item. After an A, B, or C is assigned to each item, go through all of the As and assign a 1, 2, or 3. One being the highest and three the lowest. Repeat this step for B and C items. Even though some of your items will have the same priorities, your company list will be much more manageable.

2. Develop a Job Search Management Tool to Organize Potential Employers

To make your job search successful, you must manage employer information in a way you can easily reference. Three job search management tools I suggest:

A. Notebook

A three ring binder or spiral bound notebook is inexpensive and portable. Use one of these to track all of the job related information for each company. Divide the three ring binder with tabs and organize according to your priorities. Use these to separate jobs to which you apply.

For each company, use one page (front and back) in your notebook. On each page list the following information: company name, contact name, business phone number, mobile phone number, email address, website address, job title sought, and whether or not you sent a resume. When you first compile the list and notebook, you will not have all of this information, but leave room for it anyway. Try to fit this information in the upper portion of the page. The lower portion and back side is the log portion of the sheet, which you will use to document your interaction with the company. Note here all your communication and interviews. Date each log entry for easy reference and future follow up.

Consider maintaining a table of contents at the front and for each section of the notebook.

B. Spreadsheet

If you are handy with a spreadsheet, you can use one in place of the notebook. For this, create a column header for each item needed in the notebook. For the log portion, create a field for notes. Log each interaction and use a character such as a “;” to separate each entry.

Spreadsheets allow you to easily sort the data to suit your needs, though they are not easily portable. You can also use colors and shading to highlight specific cells.

C. Online Job Search Management

Online applications, such as or, can help organize this information for you. Both of these applications can track all information necessary to manage your job search. Each has it strengths, so I suggest trying each to see which better suits you. Registration is free, costing you nothing but time. The advantage of this option is login availability at any computer.

3. Maintain Your Job Search Management Tool

As you hear about other job opportunities, add them to your job management tool. If you apply to a company using an online job board, add those jobs as well. Use the internet to ferret out as much information as you can about each company, and find a way to utilize it to your benefit.

These steps will help you be organized in your job search and successful in your ultimate goal, landing a job. The key to these tools and others like them, is to use them effectively and consistently. Adapt them to suit your needs. This is not a one size fits all solution, but a framework to get you started. Use and maintain these tools daily and they will aid in your success.

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Starting a job search can be an overwhelming and stress-provoking experience for some people. But it doesn’t have to be for you… Not if you approach it in the right way. You CAN have a successful job search, using the tips and advice you will find in this article.

Step 1: Know Where to Look for the Great Jobs

When most people begin a job search, they start with the Employment section of their local newspaper. But that is not the best place to find your dream job. Why? Simply because the best jobs are seldom found in the newspaper.

You may not want to hear this, but many times you can find the best jobs by tapping into “who you know.” Networking is absolutely the best way to locate a job. When you do a job search, talk to everyone you know about what you’re looking for. It’s hard to predict who might give you that valuable lead to your next job.

Recruiters or staffing consultants are also a great way to find a job. Many times, employers will outsource recruitment to a staffing firm. So those jobs are never listed in any public venue… only the staffing firm knows about them!

In today’s technologically-oriented world, the Internet is another way to conduct a job search. You still won’t always find the best jobs listed online, but you can get a much broader exposure by registering with a few online job search websites, such as Yahoo Jobs or CareerBuilder.

Step 2: Know What the Employer Wants

Employers care about more than your skills and experience. They’ll also want more intangible qualities, such as the ability to work as part of a team, creativity, and organization, depending on the job. They may also be looking for qualities unique to their corporate culture or employee expectations. Make it your business to find out as much as you can about what each employer is looking for before you begin your job search.

Step 3: Put Together a Powerful Resume and Killer Cover Letter

Once you’ve located a job you want to go after, you will need a resume and cover letter that will attract enough attention to make the employer want to interview you. You need to think of your resume and cover letter as a sort of “sales tool” that will convince the employer that you are the only one for the job.

There are many resources for writing resumes and cover letters on the Web and at your local bookstore and you are encouraged to learn as much as you can on this topic if you want to succeed in your job search. Or, if you prefer, you can always hire an expert to write them for you.

Here are a couple of quick tips. Your resume should be written clearly, simply, and to the point. Use lots of bullets and action words to highlight your accomplishments, rather than long paragraphs. Focus on quantifiable results, such as “Made a suggestion that streamlined operations and saved company $2500 in the first quarter”.

Your cover letter should not be a rehashing of your resume, but it can and should highlight specific points or expand on certain areas. Cover letters should always be customized to the employer and the job you are applying for. That is the single factor most likely to get you an interview.

Step 4: Prepare for Interviews Thoroughly

The interview is your opportunity to make a strong positive impression. It is essential that you prepare for it if you want to succeed in your job search. Take time to research possible interview questions the employer may ask and think carefully about how you plan to answer. Be prepared to discuss what you have to offer the employer.

It is also a great idea to have questions of your own for the recruiter. So take time to research the company before the interview. This is usually easy to do if they have a website. Think of some related questions about the company and about the job that you can ask and that will show your sincere interest, not to mention your thoroughness.

One set of questions you should always ask is what the next steps are after the interview. For example, how many other applicants do they have for the position, when do they expect to make a hiring decision, and will they let you know of their decision, one way or the other?

Step 5: Follow Up!

One of the most effective job search strategies, and one that is sorely underutilized by most job seekers, is following up. When you follow up consistently at different phases during the job search, you demonstrate your professionalism and your interest. As long as you are polite and considerate of the recruiter’s time, follow up should not be viewed as “annoying.”

After you submit a resume, application, and/or cover letter for a job opening, feel free to follow up within a reasonable time period to check on the status of your job application. As a rule of thumb, a week or two should be plenty of time.

After an interview, always follow up by sending a letter (or at least an email) to the interviewer to thank them for their time and for the opportunity to learn more about the job and the employer. This is also a chance for you to emphasize again what you have to offer the company.

And, if you haven’t heard about the employer’s decision on the job within a reasonable time frame (depending on what they told you about their recruitment process), it is perfectly permissible to contact them and ask.

Follow these five steps, and you are guaranteed to have a more successful job search.

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