I met with a client last week who was in a panic because they had an interview the following day and only just found out – they had overlooked an email they were sent confirming the interview. It may sound daft but over the years I have met with many people who have told me that they have missed interviews because they were informed of same via email.
For this very reason that is why I tell my clients to familiarise themselves with the words, DE-CLUTTER, and ORGANISED! When you are job hunting you need to become more organised because if not, your dream job may pass you by. Let’s face it, when you are job hunting you have lots of things going on, you’re completing applications, going to interviews, contacting recruitment consultants, cold calling and on top of all of this, you also have a life to lead. How on earth are you supposed to be able to juggle everything? Well, that’s easy, you need to get ORGANISED!
The first piece of advice I give any job hunter is to create a professional email account/address dedicated especially to their job search. This way you will not miss an email. Missing emails can be easy if you have subscriptions to various websites, they can get buried beneath all the junk mail. Also you will need to get into a habit of checking your mail daily, including your spam folder, because sometimes emails may mistakenly end up there. It is also really important that you choose a professional email address such as, ‘email@example.com’. If your name isn’t available, it is probably wise not to use the year you were born as this is offering any potential employer too much personal information and it is also easy for them to establish your age.
The other piece of advice I offer clients is to ensure they have a diary/folder during their job search, that way they can easily track which jobs they have applied for. It is vital for job hunters to save a copy of the job description, cover letter and CV because sometimes a job description may not be available when it comes to interview stage and clearly such information will be helpful when preparing.
For further information on job hunting, career guidance or any educational issues, contact Clodagh Higgins of Galway Careers Clinic, Salthill, Galway on 091-581234 or firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively visit www.galwaycareersclinic.com