Create a Job Search Email Address
Have an email address that you will only use to correspond to companies, networking contacts/groups, and anyone assisting you with your job search. Keeping your job search related emails separate from your personal emails will ease prioritizing tasks such as filling out applications, sending cover letters, resumes and thank you notes, and scheduling networking events and interviews. It also keeps you from missing deadlines, for submitting documents and forgetting interviews.
To create the email address, use a job title or skill that your occupation and/or industry values. If you’re bilingual, include that as well. For example, email@example.com.
Make your Document Names Easy to Understand
Use a consistent, logical format to name your documents. By doing so, it’ll take you less time to locate them and anyone who receives your documents will quickly understand what it is. For instance, consider FirstLastNameJobTitleCompany.docx or FirstInitialLastInitialJobTitleCompany.docx.
In addition, my colleague, David Spears, has written two blogs that also provide great advice on how to be organized when searching for a job:
Feel free to share your organizational tips below ☺
Josie Toth is a Regional Facilitator for Workforce Solutions in the Houston – Galveston area. She conducts job search skills seminars throughout the 13 county Gulf Coast region. After serving in the military, Josie utilized Workforce Solutions’ services. Her desire to help people led to an employment counselor position with Workforce Solutions, which she held for four years, until she found her niche as a Regional Facilitator.