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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. She facilitates job search skills and career exploration classes in the 13-county Houston-Galveston area. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and enjoys encouraging others in their pursuit of meaningful work.