Monday, August 15, 2005

Time Savers for the Job Hunter

Looking for a job can be a full time job! It can be particularly challenging to find the time to conduct a quality search when you are currently employed. If you begin your search in an organized fashion, you'll not only save time but also be able to more quickly locate information that may be critical to the interview process.

Here are some ideas to help you manage your job search:

  • Get organized. Set up folders in your email client to sort the information you send out as well as the information you receive. If you organize folders by date it is easy to go back for follow ups. Use a notebook for notes you take during phone interviews and information you collect during an interview. Separate each company with dividers and it will make it easy to refer back to the information.

  • Set a time of day to check mail and do follow ups. If you’re actively job searching and waiting for interview information, you may need to do this several times during the day.

  • Set up bookmarks. Organize your bookmarks in folders such as job boards, reference sites, company sites, etc. This will make it quicker to check sites you want to visit frequently to see if there are updates.

  • Make use of automation tools. Many job boards allow you to set up an automatic “agent” that will email you new results that fit your criteria. This is much quicker than searching each site every day.

  • Use sites that search for you. There are several sites that compile lists of jobs on the Internet and email you the results. Some of these include www.indeed.com and www.jobrobots.com

Good luck with your job search!

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