How do I organize my job search?
Label 17 file folders with the headings below. Using them is easy. Review all the folders every day for a few weeks until you get the hang of it. This system will make your job hunting life much easier:
Get a 9 x 12" expanding file numbered 1 to 31 (for the days of the month. Every time you send a letter, decide when you should follow up and put your letter into that slot. Example: a breakfast meeting on the 18th should go into the section marked 18, and so forth. Check the file daily to see what to do. This is the easy way to keep important details from falling through the cracks.
Telephone answering is essential. Don't leave your telephone unanswered, even occasionally. And please, use a business-like message. No cute children's messages on the voice mail.
Tinker with your tracking system. Add new file folders. When files become too thick, when it takes more than a few seconds to find a document, subdivide files into separate categories. You could color code your system too, using yellow folders for letters, and red for resumes, for example. It's fun to be organized, and being organized will shorten your job search. The organized person gets more done in less time, thus gets re-employed quickly. The disorganized campaigner can never seem to find his or her notes.