Even if you are new to the world of remote jobs, you might know that the key to an effective job search is staying organized throughout the entire process. From before you start applying until you start receiving job offers, here is how to keep your job search focused so that you can utilize your time effectively.
Time and money are critical factors during any job hunt. They become even more pressing when looking for remote positions. Many missed opportunities end up falling through the cracks if you are not keeping track of searches, applications, follow-ups, and interviews. Let me share with you a few tried and tested methods that help you bring order to the chaos.
CREATE A WEEKLY JOB SEARCH CAMPAIGN PLAN
Fill in your physical or virtual calendar with the strategies you are going to use for finding your remote job, and commit to spending your time that way.
To keep yourself in the loop on the latest job opportunities, start your week by reading job alerts. The next day, apply for the most promising jobs. As for the Wednesday night tips, some estimates say that as much as 80 percent of new jobs are found through networking, so it should be a part of your weekly job search activities. Do not forget to follow-up with your new connections on Friday.
Make sure that you have a block of time every morning or evening to dedicate to your job search. A simple calendar like this can streamline your job search, allowing you to perform the critical activities that will help you find remote job opportunities in no time.
SELECT THE RIGHT TOOLS
When taking your career global, apps and web services can get you on the fast track. Apps and web services are designed to become a quick and responsive weapon in your job search arsenal but think carefully which one you choose, because mastering them can distract you from accomplishing your mission.
Pick online tools that will make it easier, not harder, to focus on your job search. Here are some characteristics to look for:
available for smartphones and/or desktop computers (according to your preference);
provides up-to-date job listings;
has features that allow you to sort job searches by date and relevance, in an attempt to relieve the crushing weight of endless job scrolling.
KEEP TRACK OF JOBS YOU APPLY FOR
To make sure your job hunt process goes smoothly, develop an excel spreadsheet and record your activity. Sometimes the jobs are listed on multiple platforms. Therefore an updated list can help you filter out duplicate postings.
Create columns with the following headers:
Follow-up (the date you need to follow-up if you don’t hear back)
Regularly devote time to stay up-to-date with your master list of job applications.
KEEP TABS ON YOUR TARGET COMPANIES
I bet there are a few companies you dream of working for but don’t have positions available at this time. How about a place on your desktop where you keep tracking those companies? Check back once a month to see what’s open. You will be surprised how many opportunities slip under your radar because you aren’t organized.
These are my quick ideas for how to organize your remote job search and ensure that your time is spent finding the perfect job instead of filling your time with the distractions that being unorganized creates.