A path that is both essential and difficult, a job search requires a minimum of the organization when you want to stand out from other applicants and ensure visibility. But a well-managed day is also a way to maintain morale and motivation.
The organization of daily life when looking for a job is not straightforward. It is important to be aware of this. Successfully planning a well-constructed day when motivation and morale fluctuate and you are constantly waiting for an offer, an answer, or an invitation to a job interview can quickly look like an obstacle course. This is why it is important to plan your tasks, to be regular and methodical.
1 / Create a quiet place
Avoid sitting on the sofa or living room table to do your research. It is best to create a quiet corner, separate from the living space, with all the tools you need for your research: desk, computer, telephone, diary, etc.
2 / Learn time management
You are the only one who can decide the pace of your research. Your agenda will be your main ally and the passage of time your worst enemy. Viewing short and medium-term deadlines is essential. Start by organizing your weeks by setting up a 15-day agenda, with appointments, exhibitions, training sessions. Between these trips, reserve time slots to write your letters of application, to call back the people contacted or met, to relaunch companies. When you assign an hourly volume to a task, do not hesitate to add ½ hour or even an hour. Also, remember to make time for leisure and family life.
3 / Update your CV
Start by clearly defining your professional goals before applying for offers. No need to flood recruiters with applications that do not correspond to the profiles sought or to the jobs offered. Target companies of interest to you. From there, updating a CV should be regular, especially if it is saved in a CV database. Frequent updating (a position held, new activity, internship, training) makes it possible to find oneself at the top of the list when researching recruiters. If you respond to an ad, don’t forget to change the title, and rearrange the presentation of your experiences. Your CV should best match the position offered.
4 / Target job boards to apply
Today, companies and firms use recruitment websites to advertise their advertisements.
5 / Subscribe to “employment” alerts
It is important to set up monitoring tools such as “employment” alerts or newsletter subscriptions. You can also create alerts on business sites directly.
6 / Consult the announcements in the morning and the evening
Learn about the latest news in your industry, read advertisements on the web and in local newspapers. Do not hesitate to return to see the announcements during the day, you never know, if an opportunity presents itself, you must respond quickly.
7 / Check your mailbox every day
If you are registered in a CV database or if you have set up “job” alerts, you must check your mailbox every day. Even more so if you have applied for job offers in the previous days. It would be a shame to miss an opportunity.
8 / Follow up on your applications
List the recruiters to whom you sent your application. List those who responded to you and those you need to follow up with. The ideal is to follow up on the applications in an Excel table with the dates sent, the companies solicited, the positions filled and the feedback obtained. A regularly updated table can save you a lot of time and motivate you to advance.
9 / Optimize your visibility on the web
Alongside your presence on CV databases, professional social networks like Viadéo or LinkedIn have become an almost essential way to find a job. Consider updating your profile if you want a recruiter to notice you on the web.
10 / Develop your professional network
Spending 100% of your day on the internet is inefficient. Don’t neglect your network, this hidden job market that could help you find a job. Word of mouth has often proven its worth, so don’t hesitate to ask your former teachers, former colleagues, family, friends, etc.
Good luck in your job search and take advantage of the summer to rest!