Planning and organising your job search

Planning and organising your job search

During your job search, you will probably submit many applications. It's important to be able to keep track of the different jobs you have applied for. 

1. Treat your job search like a job

Set aside a desk or other workspace where you can research job vacancies and update résumés and applications. You’ll be more productive if you have a work area that is ready to use.

2. Make a schedule

Book in some time every day to research vacancies, update and submit résumés, cover letters and applications. Make sure you respond to emails and phone calls from employers as soon as possible.

3. Use tools and apps to help plan and organise your job search activities

There are many tools available to help you to plan and organise your job search. These include spreadsheets, calendars and smart phone apps. These can help you keep track of the jobs you have applied for, when you have interviews scheduled and who has provided feedback. To research the types of tools that are available, type ‘job search organiser’ into your internet search engine.

4. Set up a filing system for your job applications

Think of how you can name folders on your computer (e.g. either by employer name, date or by job role) to make them easy to find. Filing your tailored application with the job ad/your research on the employer will help you keep track of the jobs you have applied for. This also means you can easily access the relevant documents when employers contact you about interviews.

5. Manage your emails

Most of your correspondence will be by email, so you need to read and respond to emails as soon as they arrive so you don't miss anything important. Keep your job search emails separate from your day-to-day emails to make sure you don't miss anything.

6. Be ready for requests for further information, interviews or a job offer

Make sure you have a copy of your résumé, your tax file number (TFN) and bank account details on hand. Always have your interview clothes clean and pressed ready to attend an interview at short notice.



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