Intense competition among job seekers means that you need to be organized in order to be successful in landing a new position. Few IT professionals structure their search for employment, but looking for a job without a plan is like trying to find a specific building in an unknown city without the aid of directions, a map or a GPS. Eventually, you’ll probably reach your destination, but it will take longer and you will travel a more circuitous route.
Following are a few simple tips that can help make your search for employment more direct.
Make a list. Whether you’ve just started looking for a job or have been at it for a while, the first step should be to write down everything that is related to your job search. For instance, you should keep a record of answers to the following questions:
- Which job advertisements have you responded to?
- What are the key requirements and duties for each position?
- When did you respond?
- How did you hear of the opening?
- Do you know anyone who works at the firm?
- Who have you interviewed with?
- When did you last speak to the hiring manager?
- Has the position been filled yet?
How you organize this information is up to you, but make sure you can easily manipulate and update the data. An up-to-the-minute record of your job search activities can help you determine when to follow up with employers and if members of your network…
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