31 Jul 12 Ways To Keep Your Job Search Organized And Efficient
If you’ve been on an active job search, staying organized and maintaining a journal or log is crucial. This seems like a basic task, but it is often overlooked and if you are ACTIVELY looking things can get a little bit crazy. That said, here are 12 items to stay on top of to keep your engineering job search organized and efficient:
𝐉𝐨𝐛 𝐀𝐩𝐩𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬: Company names, engineering roles, application dates, and references.
𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡: Specializations, notable projects, sustainability values, and community impact.
𝐍𝐞𝐭𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬: Engineering-specific events, names, positions of connections, and insights gained.
𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐮𝐦𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐂𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐋𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐕𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬: Tailored versions with technical skills and certifications.
𝐄𝐧𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐣𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐇𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐬: Role, challenges, and successful outcomes of projects worked on.
𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰 𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬: Research on potential employers, engineering questions, and responses.
𝐓𝐞𝐜𝐡𝐧𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐒𝐤𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐬 𝐈𝐧𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲: List of engineering competencies, software proficiencies, and licenses.
𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐟𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐄𝐧𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐀𝐬𝐬𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬: Memberships, conferences, and webinars attended.
𝐅𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰-𝐮𝐩𝐬: Communications with hiring managers, emphasizing expertise and enthusiasm.
𝐑𝐞𝐣𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐅𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤: Notes on job rejections and employer feedback for improvement.
𝐄𝐧𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐏𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐟𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐨𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐒𝐚𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐬: Links to online portfolios or project samples shared.
𝐄𝐧𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐂𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐓𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠: List of earned certifications and training courses completed.
Stay focused on these engineering-specific elements to tailor your approach and boost your chances of landing the right engineering job!