Tips and Tricks on How to Organize Your IT Job Search
Lately, you've been applying for a lot of IT positions
. And today you get a call back from an employer about your application. You answer your phone, but you are clueless about what the call is regarding. Don't let this first impression may be your last! Organizing your IT job search with a spreadsheet tracker is one of the most essential tools you can use to level up your job search.
Start with Tracking Your IT Job Search and Keep at It
Tracking your job search entails staying on top of your search process, including applications, contact points, and other essential job details. You do not want to look unorganized if a hiring manager calls you about an opportunity and don't know why you were submitted or who submitted you for the position. Tracking your job search is all about taking control of your own job search.
If you're like most job candidates, tracking your job search is not usually discussed or taught when you’re starting your career or finding your next job. To help you get started, we’ve created a template you can download here.
Not tracking your job search and noting critical details about it is one of the biggest mistakes we see candidates make. This mistake can translate into missed opportunities. Our advice is not to give up on the tracking and stay on top of it. If you do not get traction in your search, don’t stop updating your tracker or forget to update it. Not keeping track of your job search seems to be more common practice in our experience as most people just try to stay organized through text, email, or within LinkedIn. Tracking your job search and organizing all the information through a spreadsheet allows you to note where you are in the job process and what step to take next.
When the Google sheet opens, navigate to File, then select 'Make a copy' to download your own copy.
IT Job Search Details to Track and Organize
The IT and recruiting, especially in Las Vegas, can be small worlds. References, feedback, and communication through and among different roles, departments, and companies travel quickly. Keeping track of your job search allows you to put your best foot forward and appear organized compared to your competitors. So, what job details should you keep track of? Your tracker should start with the who, what, where, and when. For example, the specific job title, what company, maybe where you saw the posting, and who's representing you, what were the agreements around the rate, and so on.
Job Tracking During COVID-19
With the current pandemic, the shortage of jobs and skyrocketing unemployment have resulted in job candidates applying for any job position. If you are going to apply for anything and everything because you need a job and income, be thoughtful of how you do that. Make sure you have the best representation of yourself is out there. If the job description reads a certain way, then your resume needs to read that way. Suppose a manager is going to interview for specific skills, culture fit and communication style. In that case, you need to be able to articulate answers to those questions, not only in your resume, but in your interview preparation. Tracking details like these in your spreadsheet can also be helpful for your IT job search.
Tracking and Organizing Your IT Job Search with A Recruiter
Taurean Consulting has over 25 years of staffing experience in the IT industry. From resume submissions to interview coaching and preparation and to final job offers – Taurean Consulting keeps track of it to help you land your dream job. Contact Taurean Consulting
as your full-service career resource at 702-529-0378.