Career Exploration The Hiring Process
Iâ€™ve only been job searching for a week, and itâ€™s already out of control. Yesterday a company called me in response to my rÃ©sumÃ©, and I couldnâ€™t even remember who they were. What do I do now?
Take a deep breath.
The good news is that youâ€™re obviously doing a very active job search. Some people apply for one job, then wait and wait (and sometimes wait some more) for the employer to contact them. They may go weeks before they give up on that job and start looking for another. This is a great way to extend your job search for the longest time possible.
You have the opposite problem: more leads than you can keep track of in your head. So how do you organize them?
This has a lot to do with personal preference and how you are accustomed to organizing information. You might get a three-ring binder with dividers for various sections. You might want an alphabetized section to keep track of companies you apply to and their contact information. Youâ€™ll probably want a calendar so you donâ€™t miss any interviews, networking meetings or other events. You could have another section where you store information about the companies youâ€™re interested in: their website, recent news reports, perhaps their Dunn & Bradstreet report, the first few pages you get when you Google the company.
If you prefer to store your information on a computer, you could create a folder or sub-folder for each company. Or if youâ€™re interested in several different jobs or industries, create a folder for each one, and then make sub-folders for each company.
Either way, itâ€™s a good idea to save a copy of the cover letter you send in with your rÃ©sumÃ©. It helps you remember whom youâ€™ve told what.
Keep your notebook near the phone, and with you when youâ€™re out and about. Then, next time a company calls, you can reach for your notebook, flip to the section where you store that companyâ€™s information, and youâ€™ll be on the same page as the employer (literally.)