Organization is the key to a successful job search. The average job seeker may apply, contact or consider hundreds of job leads during the course of their job search. Even if you are not actively looking for a job, preparing a Job Leads Source List is proactive idea.
1 – Create a document. While keeping an online active document is best, it’s not always necessary. A simple notebook or reliable organization form will work just as well. If you are keeping the document on the computer, be sure to give it an easily recognizable name. If you’re sharing a computer, use your name as the first word so that it will not be deleted by other users. For example, Bob’s Job Lead List, is simple and easy to remember.
2 – Determine the information you want to collect. If you’re using a notebook, do some brainstorming before committing to a final format.
Information you will want to collect may include:
Name of the source – This is actually the company name (if it’s a subsidiary, consider also using the name of the parent company). If there are many companies with the same name, you may want to include their product in parenthesis. For example, Jenna’s Creation (home design).
Address - Companies with more than one location may have several addresses. The important addresses include the location of the human resources department, as well as the address to the location you hope to work at.
Website – Most companies are now visible on the Internet. Capture the company website as well as their Facebook and Twitter accounts so you can keep track of any interesting information or changes within the organization.
Contact information – Were you able to get a contact within the company? Keep track of their phone number, email address and any other important information.
Plans for this source – Many companies are not currently hiring, nor may you have an immediate interest in applying. Hold for future applications, contacts for mentors, contact for possible internship. Keep track of your intentions for each organization.
Periodically review your source list to make sure the information is up-to-date. Just like a webpage, company information is always evolving. Make sure you have the most up-to-date information possible.
Share - While it may seem counter-productive to share job information, it may be in your best interest. Networking is not just about what others can do for you, but what you can do for them. A job may not be a perfect fit for you, but you may have a colleague who will benefit from the information. The hope is that in turn, they will think of you when something suitable for you comes along.