Sometimes the job hunt can be exhausting. It’s easy to be overwhelmed when you feel like you’re spinning your wheels for weeks, or even months, with little to no traction. Yung mapapaisip ka kung makakakuha ka pa ba ng positive result sa mga na-aplayan mo. If you’re currently in the process of changing jobs, branching into a different area of your field or even taking an entirely new route in your career, these five tips will help you to stay organized and focused until you land your next big role.
Stay organized with an excel spreadsheet
Organization is key to avoid burnout. If you’re applying to a large number of jobs overseas, you need to have a personalized tracking system which you can update periodically and stay on top of all your current applications, follow-ups, dates and more. A simple way to do this is by starting a spreadsheet in your Google Drive and creating four main categories: position applied for (title), company name, date applied and date(s) followed-up. Doing this will ensure no potential overseas jobs slip through the cracks and will allow you to follow-up with your applications on the appropriate dates.
Follow-up, follow-up, follow-up
Speaking of follow-up, following up on a job application is crucial to your probability of success for landing a job. Unless you want to drown in the sea among hundreds of other resumes, cover letters and competitive applicants, you need to find a way to stand out in the crowd and keep yourself at the forefront of your potential employer’s mind. The answer? Follow-ups, follow-ups, follow-ups. A smart way to follow up is including a sentence at the bottom of your cover letter thanking the company for their time and telling them you will automatically follow up seven days after submitting your application via call or email if you do not hear back from them before. Then, all you have to do is write down the specific date in your excel doc and be sure to follow up with them on the day you promised. If you still do not hear back, wait a few more days and call again. This tactic is not annoying; it shows the employer you want the job and are committed to doing what it takes to land it.