Brian Alden: Searching for a job can feel overwhelming at times, but there are a few key things you can do to stay organized and land your big break. First, remember that looking for a job can be a full time job in itself. Designate a certain number of hours per week to the process and make sure you count for research, resume posting, and follow-up. Try and find a quiet workspace so you aren't distracted, and can make the most of your time.
Staying organized is crucial in the application process. Keep a log of all the positions you've applied to, any contact info you have for that job and which version of your resume and cover letter you've submitted. Then use a calendar to record important dates in the application process. This way you'll know when to follow up and never miss the important deadline. And finally, don't forget that there are plenty of online resources you can tap into. So make sure you add your email to job alert newsletters, so you can get instant notifications when positions open up in your field. Companies such as job.
com will even send job alerts to your mobile phone.
Follow these easy organization tips and you'll take some of the stress out of finding a new job.