If you’re like a lot of people, there probably isn’t a method to your madness as far as your job search is concerned. You apply for positions when they interest you, send your resume on to recruiters that request it, and keep tabs on your network through LinkedIn.
This isn’t necessarily bad (especially if you’re not looking to make a change in the near future), but a disorganized search can cause you to miss opportunities. For example, some statistics have found that people who follow up are 30% more likely to get an offer than those who don’t. If you don’t keep track of when and where you’ve applied, how will you remember to follow up?
Even if you’re not actively looking, it’s a good idea to have some type of system in place to manage your network. Most people have LinkedIn connections whose names they don’t even recognize! Wouldn’t it be helpful to have a reminder when you want to ask them something about their company?
Unfortunately, I’ve seen many people miss out because of disorganization. A few have lost the contact information for the recruiter and others couldn’t remember if they’d already followed up. The job search is challenging enough with things outside of our control!
There’s no rule as to what you need to use to manage your contacts, leads, etc. I have a tracking form I give my clients, and also recommend JibberJobber for a more comprehensive system. The key is to come up with an arrangement that works for you – even if that’s just a pen and paper!