They say to blog about things you know about.
I can tell you how I have had a well-organized job search.
Hopefully you guys won’t ever need to do this, but let’s be realistic, at some point you probably will.
First step, look on job boards. One of the best ones is Indeed. The reason I say it’s one of the best is that it pulls job ads from tons of other websites all together for you based on the criteria you enter. I’m also partial to Capital Area Help Wanted. They’re also know as Regional Help Wanted. (This site might only work in NY) I like the way the site is laid out and it’s so easy to apply through it. Then there are the old stand-by sites of Monster and Career Builder. These are the 4 job boards that I tend to frequent. I’m also a fan of going to the company websites directly to find what job openings a particular company has if it’s somewhere I think I might like to work.
Once I find a job I like I copy and paste the job description into a word document and save it as Company Name – Job Title and I put them in a folder of job descriptions. If the company calls me, I want to easily be able to refer back to the job I applied to. I try to remember to post the URL that I found the job at the top of the word document as well. Many times I’ll also cut and paste a copy of the cover letter I sent along with my resumé to the job description as well.
Obviously next I apply to the job with my resumé and customized cover letter. And before you ask, yes it is always necessary to include a cover letter. I had someone ask me once if it was really necessary. The answer is YES YES ALWAYS! Unless you want to stay unemployed forever. You need to find a way to make yourself stand out from all the other resumes.
After I’ve applied to the job I insert the information from the job into an Excel Spreadsheet with columns of:
URL Where Job was found
Other information – this is where I put information such as my username/password for an employers website
It’s just a quick way of keeping track of everything. At this point I’m required to keep track of some of that information for the state as well, but I’ve done it long before they asked for it.
Once all that is finished – pray and if you’re lucky enough to have contact information for the employer – follow-up on your resumé.
I hope this helps some of you. I know I have many friends out of work now.
Let me know what sites you like to look at and if you’ve used a tracking system to keep track of where you apply.
How the job hunt going? Are you an organized job searcher?