4 Tips No One Told You For Creating A Job Search Plan

This post is part of the blog series Detailed, Step-By-Step Guides For How to Find A Job. In a previous post, I’ve shared how you can keep track of multiple job applications with my free tracker.

Today, we’re going to talk about how to set yourself up for success when looking for a job. Finding a job is a job. It’s likely going to be hard, frustrating, and you may want to give up a few times. If you have a proper game plan BEFORE you start your actual job search, I promise it will make things much easier. Here is how to set yourself up for success [with the help of Leslie Knope because Parks and Rec is one of the greatest shows ever created].

1. Get Organized

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In a few words: keep all your shit in one place.
Create one folder and save EVERYTHING in here: this includes but is not limited to your resumes, cover letters, notes, etc. Saving everything in one spot saves you time because you don’t have to dig through your Desktop and My Documents trying to find

Include The Date When Saving Any Job Search Related Files
I cannot stress this enough. Include the date when you’re revising a file like your resume [sample title: John Resume 2017 04 13]. This will allow you to quickly find the most recent version of your file. It’s also great for when you make edits, but you think an older version is better- boom! You have the file right at your fingertips.

Use A Job Application Tracker to Keep Track Of Where You Stand
I covered this in last week’s post, but I made it easy for you with my free download. It tracks everything from when you submitted your application to if you sent a thank you note.

Keep Track Of All Your Passwords
I covered this in a previous post, but use something like LastPass to keep track of all your passwords to job posting sites and LinkedIn. It’s one less thing to worry about AND it’s super easy!

2. Create A Folder In Your “Master Folder” To Save Copies of All Job Postings

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This could technically fall under tip number one, but I felt it deserved its own section. This is super important: when you apply for a job, make sure to save a copy of that job listing. This can be easy as printing out a physical copy or copy and pasting the text into a Word doc.

Why This Is Important:
Job postings can disappear for a variety of reasons: they started interviews, enough applicants applied, applications are no longer accepted, etc. By saving a copy, you’ll be able to use it for preparing for an interview. It will also save you when you get an interview, the job posting is gone….and now you have to try to remember what the job was for before said interview.

How I Save Job Postings:
Copy and paste the job listing into an email and email it to yourself- use the company name and job title as the subject. Why? Computers can crash or get stolen. It’s also handy if you want to print out a copy of the job posting to refer to at the interview- in case you forget your copy, you’ll have easy access to it in your email.

3. Make a Schedule And Commit To It

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Like I said before, finding a job is a job. The easiest way I’ve found to avoid burnout is to treat it like a chore. Commit to setting aside a chunk of time every single day for job hunting. By spending a chunk of time every day, it

Set Quantifiable Goals to Hold Yourself Accountable
Alright, so you’ve committed to spending X amount of time each day to job hunting. Let’s say you commit one hour a day, 5 days a week= 5 hours a week. To make the most of this time, set measurable goals for yourself and commit to them. Here are some examples:
-Commit to applying to 5 jobs a day
-Reach out to 2 people on LinkedIn

4. Don’t Forget Reward Yourself 

Job hunting is stressful and you should celebrate small successes. #TreatYoSelf

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If you stuck to your quantifiable goals, [and have some room in your budget] treat yourself to some Chipotle every Friday night. You could also promise yourself a few episodes of your favorite Netflix show if you complete your daily goals.

4 tips no one told you for creating a successful job search plan

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