Manage your job search

Looking for a job requires organization and follow-up. Here is some easy-to-follow and effective advice to help you skillfully manage your job search.

 

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The different phases of job searching

Looking for a job requires organization and follow-up. Here is some easy-to-follow and effective advice to help you skillfully manage your job search.
 

Our tip: Draw up a job search summary chart. Write down the actions taken. This chart will help you organize the application and follow-up process and remind you to send a thank-you email after the interview. Being organized will make your job search most effective.
 

1
Look for ads or for companies that you would like to work for

Look for ads or for companies that you would like to work for (print, cut out and write down anything that can be useful for your job search).

2
Write a cover letter

Write a cover letter that matches the position and the company that interests you.

4
Wait? No! Act now!

Follow up! Call the company approximately 10 days after you send your application to find out what stage the recruitment process is at. This will also allow you to show that you are still interested in the position. Keep your organizer handy in case you need to schedule an interview!

5
You’ve landed an interview?

Prepare for the interview, know your CV inside out, practice answering typical questions, study for any test you have to take and learn about the company to be as ready as possible for the big day.
Gather all the documents you might need (a copy of your CV, cover letter and your references). Don’t forget to bring a pen, notepad, etc. Carefully choose what you will wear for the interview, taking into account the etiquette of the company and your personal comfort, in order to look and feel your best.

6
After the interview

Send a thank-you email and reiterate your interest in the position.

Draw up a job search summary chart

Write down the actions taken. This chart will help you organize the application and follow-up process and remind you to send a thank-you email after the interview. Being organized will make your job search most effective.

Company
= The company’s complete contact information including the contact person’s name, phone number and email address.

Application date 
= Date of the application + medium used (regular mail or email).

Follow-up date 
= Application date + 10 days.

Answer 
If told that you should wait longer, follow up again after 10 additional days.

Interview date
Write down the day and time as well as the name of the person you will meet and the documents required (for example references). 

Comments 
Write down: 
- all your impressions about the interview (even if negative: they can prove helpful for a future interview with another company).
- The questions you forgot to ask or the points that have been left unclear.
- How to proceed next, who gets back to whom and when.

Thank you 
Send a thank-you email to the person that interviewed you.

Final status
Write down the final answer. If positive: the start date. If negative: the reason why.