Getting Organized for Your Job Hunt

Let’s face it…A chicken without a head wouldn’t make a good blog image…

Don’t Job Hunt Like a Chicken With No Head

You’ve probably already figured out that it’s pretty tough to conduct a job search unless you employ some organizational tools and methods.

Keeping track of contacts made while networking, jobs applied for, resumes sent, due dates, dates when you expect to hear from someone, dates to follow-up – it can be pretty overwhelming if you don’t put together a method to keep everything together.

Today, I was invited to a presentation by professional organizer Donna Smallin. The program was to showcase some fun and stylish organizational tools. Donna reminded listeners that being disorganized costs us money in time that we spend looking for things and lost productivity at home and at work.

She said one thing that I think applies to all job seekers who know that looking for a job is a full-time job in itself – “The best time to get organized is when you have no time.” I can certainly relate to that! Sometimes, we get so caught up in our “business” that we don’t realize how stopping what we’re doing and getting some perspective can actually increase productivity.

So, if you’ve been feeling like a job-hunting chicken with no head, take a break. Try chunking it down to overcome job search overwhelm. Consider what you can do to change your surroundings to make yourself more productive. Donna suggests that you clear your desk and keep materials that you need all of the time handy, such as clips, file folders, pens, etc. If you have what you need to be organized, it will be that much easier to make the leap into actually being organized.

Time is money, and when you’re in a job hunt, every penny counts!

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