How is your job search organization? Can you easily find your resume files? Are you one of those people who are always misplacing things?
What is your job search organization system?
I know people who keep every file on their desktop. Their objective is to easily find it. Guess what? Windows or MAC doesn’t seem to matter. Cluttered desktops are often the norm.
As someone who struggles to keep the top of my physical desktop and other surfaces in the office clear of clutter, I be totally lost if I had no organizational system for my files in my computer.
How to improve your job search organization
When you need to start or carry out a job search, you don’t want to have to look all over for your important career-related documents.
My electronic resume filing system evolved for my clients. Obviously, I need more space for resume files than the average career changer or job seeker:
- One folder is labeled resumes, then separated into individual files, A-Z.
- Each letter of the alphabet file folder has individual file folders for each client.
- Depending on the client, I may create subfolders for their individual files. I may label one resume, one cover letters, one with a different title for other career documents.
How to create your own resume file system for better job search organization
Create a file folder for resumes within your system.
Create a file folder within Documents, label it Resumes – Your Name
In case you share the computer with other family members, they should have their own folder.)
File your career search and career- related information
- Your resume
- Additional versions of your resume with your name and target job (Jacob Share on JobMob shares his perspective on naming resumes here: 35 Resume Filenames Recruiters Won’t Respond to)
- Cover letters
- Letters of recommendation
- Job Evaluations or Assessment reports
- PowerPoint presentations
- Networking contact list
After you land your new position, continue to add to the folder
- List your accomplishments, achievements, and milestones
- When you are ready to update your resume, you can easily access your information and don’t have to start from scratch.
Use JibberJobber for job search organization
Check out JibberJobber, the career management tool to track your network, organize your job search and stay on track. Jason Alba added the easy button to your search with this great tool.
In the future, your job search will go much smoother and you won’t be asking where did I put that resume?