Dorothy organizing your job search


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Presented at the Spring Into Success Series Greensboro NC 2011.

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Dorothy organizing your job search

  1. 1. Organizing your Job Search Presented by Dorothy Merchant, Ph.D. Founder Simple Solutions Professional Organizers
  2. 2. Having the right tools is essential. <ul><li>Building a house </li></ul><ul><li>Preparing a meal </li></ul><ul><li>Searching for a job </li></ul>
  3. 3. Some Tools You Will Need <ul><li>Multiple copies of your resumé </li></ul><ul><li>Clear plastic sheet protectors </li></ul><ul><li>A three ring notebook with pockets </li></ul><ul><li>Access to a computer </li></ul><ul><li>Access to the internet </li></ul><ul><li>A list of local networking events </li></ul>
  4. 4. Some things you may not have thought of <ul><li>Blank forms to follow progress of each application </li></ul><ul><li>A couple of nice pens </li></ul><ul><li>Three hole punch pocket folders </li></ul><ul><li>A three hole punched pencil bag </li></ul><ul><li>Note cards and index cards </li></ul><ul><li>Stamps </li></ul>
  5. 5. These tools are also essential. <ul><ul><ul><li>Optimism </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Friends and family </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Good time management skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Perseverance and tenacity </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Now What? <ul><li>If you are building a house, you need to start with the choice of an appropriate lot. </li></ul><ul><li>If you are searching for a job, you need to know what kind of job is the best match for you. Establish parameters but keep an open mind. </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Notebook <ul><li>Insert the necessary items in your notebook. </li></ul><ul><li>Insert a page for websites and passwords and your Job Search History. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep it handy whenever you are job hunting. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Create a Daily Schedule <ul><li>Surfing the web </li></ul><ul><li>Making phone calls </li></ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Interviewing (You can ask for 30 minutes to interview someone.) </li></ul><ul><li>Get out of the house every day. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Parameters <ul><li>Location: Are you willing to move? </li></ul><ul><li>How far are you willing to commute? </li></ul><ul><li>Industry </li></ul><ul><li>Company Size </li></ul><ul><li>Job Description </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities to Volunteer </li></ul>
  10. 10. Do Your Homework <ul><li>Find out as much about the company as you can before you show up for an interview. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Digital Backup <ul><li>Instead of keeping paper copies of all applications sent, save them on a thumb drive. </li></ul><ul><li>Organize electronic files by company name for a quick retrieval. </li></ul>
  12. 12. The Interview <ul><li>Select what you are going to wear </li></ul><ul><li>and all accessories the night before. </li></ul><ul><li>Notify your references that they might receive a call. </li></ul><ul><li>Take extra copies of your resumé. </li></ul><ul><li>Be sure your car is clean inside and out. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Other Resources <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Librarians in your local libraries, especially the business librarian, can show you how to research a company. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Benefits of Being Organized <ul><li>Reduces stress and frustration because you can find what you need when you need it. </li></ul><ul><li>Provides a chronological record of your job search </li></ul><ul><li>Documents who you contacted and when </li></ul><ul><li>Documents the outcome of the contact </li></ul>