Find Some Peace Amid The Chaos Of Job Search.

My jewelry is beautifully organized. About a month ago, I bought a nifty necklace and earring stand that holds my collection, plus makes it easy for me to choose just the right pieces.

I’ve got my act together in the accessories department now.

Being organized can help everything flow more smoothly. Yet systematizing a job search, with its thousands of details – applications to submit, follow-up calls to make, networking meetings to schedule – can be a huge challenge.

The following process, using the acronym CALM, can help you be more at peace within the chaotic realm of job hunting:

C – Catalog your action items. Create a long list of all you know you should do: Enhance your LinkedIn profile, set up coffee with your former boss, research great-fit companies. Sometimes it can help to write each activity on a separate sticky note, to help with the next step …

A – Arrange items according to their priority. Some activities have deadlines, others will be high priority because of their potential payoff, and the rest might be worth skipping altogether. Mark each with an A, B, C or 1, 2, 3 coding system.

L – Line out your time requirements. It might take an hour to customize a resume for an appealing job opening and 90 minutes to network with a former co-worker. Determine how much time each priority activity will take to complete, then find a time for it on your calendar.

M – Move the process forward. Each time you complete a step, ask yourself, “What needs to happen next?” After updating your LinkedIn profile, for example, it might make sense to research some contacts to help you expand your connections. Schedule this next action item in your calendar.

There! I’d bet you feel much more in control of your job search now. And if you’d like to learn more about successful job search organization systems, join me for a free presentation at 8:30 a.m. Monday at NoCoNet, ( at Faith Free Evangelical Church in Fort Collins.

Rest assured, I’ll be wearing the perfect pair of earrings.

Source/Credit: Katy Piotrowski, M.Ed., is the author of “The Career Coward’s Guides” and provides career and job search support with Career Solutions Group in Fort Collins. Call her at (970) 224-4042 or send email to katy@careersolutions


About Buzz Smith

Welcome. My name is Charles “Buzz” Smith and I’m the SR Curmudgeon of Consulting Services at OPI National Outplacement. My role, in addition to agitating our sales personnel, and consultants is to take the lead on delivering outplacement and career transition services that are effective. I blog about career stuff when my wife of 40 years, Linda banishes to the garden.

Posted on April 30, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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