The job search can be a stressful time, but it doesn’t have to be. You just need the right tools and techniques to stay organized. Here are some ideas that might help you out:
Make sure you have the right tools.
As you begin to plan your time and organize yourself, you must ensure that you have the right tools. It is important to use a calendar, to-do list, and computer program to stay organized.
If you don’t have access to a computer program or smartphone app (like Google Calendar), use a physical notebook or planner with paper pages.
Keep track of which positions you’ve applied to and when, who you talked to or left a message, and if you have an interview scheduled. Try this handy printable checklist and spreadsheet.
You’d be surprised how easy it can be to get confused about which position is for which company and who you are even interviewing with if you don’t stay well organized.
Avoid distractions while searching.
There are many ways to stay on task during a job search. The first step is ensuring your environment is conducive to getting things done, which can be achieved by cutting out as many distractions as possible.
Turn off notifications for all apps and websites. If you have them enabled, your phone will constantly buzz with messages and alerts from social media sites, so switch off as many notifications as possible.
Set aside specific times when you will focus solely on searching for jobs; don’t try and multitask by doing something else while looking for work (like watching Netflix).
Create a routine that works for your schedule.
As an organized person, you know the value of creating a routine to help keep things running smoothly.
If you’re looking for a job, your routine must include getting enough sleep, relaxing and socializing with friends and family regularly, and treating yourself well.
Because sleep is such an important part of keeping physically fit, it’s critical to pay attention to how much time you spend sleeping (or not sleeping) during your job search.
If you fall into the category of those who feel like they need eight or nine hours of shut-eye every night but are only getting five or six hours instead, consider making some changes.
This can include turning off all technology two hours before bedtime so that your brain isn’t stimulated by screens, dimming the lights in your bedroom, or even taking herbal supplements to help promote sounder slumber.
Have a system for organizing your to-do list.
You must set up some basic systems to stay organized and make the most of your time during a job search. One of the most important is a to-do list.
Make sure you have one and that you stick to it.
Prioritize tasks based on what needs to get done first (and soon). Set deadlines for each task so that nothing slips through the cracks. Using the SMART framework is a great way to do this.
Use a calendar app or planner to keep track of all due dates for each task; this way, there won’t be any confusion when it comes time to cross something off your list or move on to another project.
You’ve probably heard that you should take breaks when working on something for a long time. It’s good advice, and here’s why:
Breaks help your brain stay fresh and focused when working on a project.
They help you avoid burnout, which can lead to mistakes, frustration, and physical symptoms such as headaches or stomachaches.
When you take a break, don’t just stay at your desk and read your emails or scroll through social media.
Get up, move around, and change the scenery. This will help your brain fully relax from the intense job search and feel refreshed and ready to get back to work when the break is over.
We hope these tips will help you stay organized during your job search.
Remember that it’s important to keep up a routine and be productive, but also make sure you’re taking breaks.
Then, when you do get a job offer, stay organized with those as well. Lost each offer by pros and cons and keep a list of the best.
Physicians Thrive can ensure your job offers are worthwhile with a comprehensive contract review before you get any terms set in stone.