How can you start with organization?
Organization is something many people struggle with in their lives. Chaos tends to take over as we push on to the next project. The popularity of self-help books indicates that this is a primary problem for many people.
What is my goal to get organized, keep my life in balance, and make myself accountable?
- Make lists wisely and then follow it. If I do this, client projects will get done, mail will be processed, and bills will be paid. I will stay on top of my financials and household projects.
- Kindergarten rules like put away what you take out are simple. However, many adults struggle to follow this rule. Create a place for things to go. Assuming you already have storage space, putting things away will help you stay organized. When you work on a project and then file it in any easy to retrieve place or label your computer files in a way that lets you find things, then you make progress in this area.
More tools for organization:
- Jason Alba’s JibberJobber is a great career management tool for job seekers and for lifelong career management.
- Flylady has been a help to disorganized people everywhere. Marla Cilley with her many associates motivated and led people to solutions for household cleaning, dinner planning, exercise, and overall organization. I used many of her tools through the years and still find that her “You can do anything for 15 minutes” coaching coupled using her timer gets me moving through projects I procrastinate.
- Whatever you decide, I think you will find that if you Start with Organization, it will help you move forward!
How to start with organization in a job search
Identify your goals. This is key to every form of organization. Define what kind of job is ideal for you. This means clarifying the job title, industry, and target area.
For example: an accountant can work in many different areas: accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, public accounting, tax accounting, and corporate accounting. Deep within an organization, you may be specialized to work in just one area or you may find yourself with a broad scope of functions in a smaller organization. An accounting manager may work cross-functionally to automate and improve processes. In today’s world, being a cross-functional team leadership is a widely sought out skill. You may interface with Treasury, Accounts Payable, IT, Billing, Credit, and Accounting Groups.
After you identify your target, organize your approach. Your resume should reflect not only the skills needed to do the job but what your contributions did to help the company succeed. This can take deep thinking to find accomplishments rather than job functions. You may not even see your contributions as being out of the ordinary.
As you write your resume with this new renewed focus on organization, you will create a more dynamic document than the resumes you studied in college or high school.