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Create a Job-Finding Command Center

Establish a place to keep your pens, paper and printer.

 

Finding a job takes a lot of energy. You’ll be scanning the classifieds, surfing the Web, creating resumes, composing cover letters and preparing for interviews. Save your energy for completing those tasks with business-like poise instead of spending time shuffling through piles looking for pens, searching for highlighters and playing “find the stapler.”

 

Tip 1.  Ready a Space

 

Find a place to set up your job-finding command center and consolidate all your job search materials at this one post. Your computer desk is an ideal spot, but you’ll also need an offline filing systems for papers and resumes.

 

Tip 2.  Set Up Shop

 

Stock your space with all the necessities—from pens to postage stamps. A trip to the office superstore will probably be in order, but try to stick with only the items you definitely need and can carry to the car in one trip.

 

Tip 3.  Take Out the Trash

 

Incorporate some de-cluttering activities in your routine, including dusting equipment, sponging off coffee mug rings and taking out the trash. Do the same with your computer files – electronic pages you no longer need weigh your job search down.

 

Tip 4.  Keep a Calendar

 

Your planner, your friend. If you don’t already have a daily planner, get one. One with an hourly breakdown works well so you can jot down meetings with contacts, application due dates, your interview times, reminders to follow up on resumes and more.

 

Tip 5.  Who’s In Your Little Black Book?

 

Along with a dependable time management system, you also need a plan for keeping track of your growing network of contacts. It’s not uncommon to leave a networking event with dozens of business cards. One idea is to jot down a few items describing the person who gave you the card right on the card itself – it’ll jog your memory days later.

 

For more free job-hunting tips, visit www.GetAJobBook.com

Written by award-winning authors Tara Maras & Donna Kozik, Get A Job! Put Your Degree To Work is a job manual for recent or soon-to-be college graduates. It educates students about the realities of today’s job market, revealing everything from the secrets of interview success to the art of the perfect handshake. Advice from the book has been featured in 130 newspapers including the L.A. Times, Chicago Tribune and Baltimore Sun.

Donna Kozik & Tara Maras are also the authors of www.29DaystoaSmoothMove.com,a complete household moving manual.

 

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