Why you need to be organised when it comes to job hunting
“If you’re working, finding a new role is like taking on a second job… Just without the pay!”
Searching for a new job is a tough time. In most cases, you’re still working your regular hours, you’re probably feeling either demotivated or unsatisfied in your current role, but now your also spending your free time job hunting and searching for the perfect new job.
For this reason, if you are applying for more than one role you need to be organised to maximise your time! Lack of organisation or time management when job hunting could mean you waste time applying for the same role over and over again. Not only is this counterproductive for you, it will also hurt your chances with the employer/recruiter. At best, duplication of applications make you look disorganised, at worst, dishonest. Neither are positives or are going to work in your favour for securing your next job.
So how do you go about organising your job search? Here are some key things you should think about and know.
Who are you talking to?
Some of the adverts you respond to will have been posted directly by the company and some will be posted by recruiters. If it is the company that has placed the advert, their call to you will be a telephone interview and the first step in the recruitment process. You should treat these calls differently to those from recruiters, so it’s good to know who is who.
The importance of tailoring your CV to suit the role you’re applying to cannot be stressed enough. We know, that in the recruitment industry a CV is only looked at for 20 seconds on average. In this time, you need to win-over the reader and make sure they know what makes you a perfect match for the job. You should also take some time to review the job description and specifications, if the company receiving your CV use Applicant Tracking Software or ATS (which many do) then the absence of keywords featured in the job documents provided may mean your application is rejected.
Focus the chase
If you haven’t heard back from an advertiser within a couple of days, it is worth a quick call, ideally, or email to check if they have received your application and show your interest. In order to do this, you’ll need their contact details – which are often only on the job advertisement. Another reason you need to be organised at the time of application to make sure you capture these important details.
Sadly, not all adverts are real (see my previous blog post). If you spot a fake, then you know to avoid that recruiter in future.
Who are the best recruiters?
Keeping this list of roles and contacts also lets you keep track of recruiters for your applying through. You will quickly begin to recognise the recruiters within your industry that you do (and don’t!) like to work with.
Keeping a list of those that you like to work with, you can then focus your search, keep in touch and use their website directly to find roles that might be appropriate for you.
Additionally, identifying the recruiters you don’t get along with, you’ll be able to avoid them in the future, inevitably saving you time!
It’s at the interview stage that you’ll really start appreciating your time and effort to be organised.
There’s nothing worse than getting a phone call to arrange an interview for a job you don’t remember applying for, and now can’t find the job advertisement for. By logging the details of all roles you have applied for, you will be able to quickly identify the role, company and easily complete your pre-interview research. Saving yourself a world of stress.
Here are our top 10 tips for interview success.
So how do you do this?
Simple. Keep a list of job title, company name (once you know it), recruiter name (if applicable), location, reference number, contact details, dates and source.
You might then want to update this log at each stage of the processes, including adding details of your interview. You might also find it useful to add in things such as salary and website addresses. If you’re really organised, you might even want to include your thoughts on the job and company etc.
This might sound a lot of work but it really is worth it. Once you have the basic details in place, it can be a really powerful tool to help you manage your job hunt and ultimately decide which job is going to be perfect for you.
Our Corriculo teams are very experienced with coaching candidates through the job hunting process. From helping organise your job search and applications, to tailoring your CV and interview preparation, we are more than happy to help wherever we can.
Contact us today to discuss how we can help you!
Victoria is the Office Manager here at Corriculo Ltd. After working as Recruitment Consultant for 5 years, she moved into Office Management over 11 years ago now. Victoria was one of the first members of our team and deals with all of our administration and accounts. Connect with her on LinkedIn