Five for the Weekend… Organizing Your Search

Welcome to what will be a new weekly feature, “Five for the Weekend.” There will be tips and tricks on various aspects of your job search or career each weekend.


This week we’re looking at getting your search organized from the beginning.

  1. Get or utilize a calendar/planner to organize your job search, interviews, notes, and contacts. You want to be able to instantly look up needed information and have it with you at all times. This should always hold at least one resume, ready to go.
  2. Put together a list of companies to research and apply to. Have direction, know the background on the companies, and don’t go in blind to any interview.
  3. Know what you want and don’t want in a job and apply accordingly. No matter how much you need a job, KNOW what you want and don’t want. It doesn’t help to get hired by a company that doesn’t hold your values, no matter how much you need a job… It will never work out.
  4. Even if you don’t carry your resume with you, have all resume information located centrally, so it’s easily accessible for updating and utilizing. There’s nothing more frustrating than to have to start an emergency job search and not be able to find necessary documents and information.
  5. Create, maintain, and consistently add to a solid contact list. Keep your contact list fresh and up to date. If someone needs eliminated because they’ve moved out of the area and you no longer have up to the minute information, do it. Don’t wait until you’re in a panic trying to put contact numbers on your references page.

These are just five small areas to consider during your job search, but it’s the little areas that can make your life either difficult or easy. Be prepared from the beginning and you will be amazed at where your career can take you.

Have a wonderful upcoming week.