Organizing Your Job Search
Organization is one of the most important components of a job search.
Because searching for a job is a full-time job in itself, it is
important that your efforts are thorough and structured. A job search
binder is an important tool and can help tremendously in your search.
Some of the key components of a job search binder are:
Objective: This section is for determining your target jobs as
well as your long-term goals.
Resume: You should keep plenty of copies of your resume that are
ready to hand out.
References: It is a good idea to have at least three references. These
can be instructors, managers, or co-workers. You should include the
individual’s name, job title or relation, address and phone number. The
references need to be printed on a separate page from your resume. Also,
make sure you have the permission of the individual before you list them
as a reference.
Recommendation Letters: Make sure you have copies of
recommendation letters available to distribute at an interview.
Contacts: You will need to keep track of the resumes and
applications that you send out. Create a contact list that includes the
individual’s first and last name, title, company, phone number, fax
number, e-mail address, physical address, and the position for which you
applied. Keep track of what you sent to the contact such as resume,
cover letter, thank you notes, etc. You will want to include space to
note any phone conversations or interviews that you had with the company
as well as space for general information about the company.
Work Examples: In this section you will want to include any
awards or recognition that you received and any projects that show your
quality of work.