Whether you are in the middle of a job search or about to begin one, staying on top of the details of your process is important to a successful ending.
This may be easier said than done, especially at Holiday time when there are so many things to track. If staying organized and tying up loose ends is a chronic issue in your life, you might want to follow “http://business.mainetoday.com/virtuallyorganized/” Celia’s blog for tips on getting organized and perhaps enlist her services as a professional organizer.
In any case, there are several things you can do to make sure the important details of your transition from one job to the next do not fall through the cracks. Here are tips that can help:
Create a list, chart, Excel sheet or some other way of tracking your job search process.
State the action step and timeframe associated with it, along with a way to indicate when the step has been completed. Highlight with an asterisk, or color, the steps that have a specific date for completion.
Refer to your list every day, even if you are “taking the day off” from the search process. Better to be safe than sorry so you won’t inadvertently miss an action that might be due.
With your list at the ready, what should be on it? Include the names of contacts with a word or two about the nature or purpose of the contact (to jog your memory), the status of each contact, outcome of the meeting and your follow up thank you communiqué.
By the way, if you are wondering what I’m talking about because your job search amounts to spending hours in front of your computer reviewing job postings, consider expanding your strategy to include networking and a process for tracking your progress. Not only will you benefit from contact with people who may have job leads, you may also feel more positive as you take control or your job search process in a way that marks and tracks your accomplishments.