Job Search Management Tips

Business man holding hire me sign during job searchConducting a job search for legal position requires effective management of a LOT of information. (Emails, social media posts, PDF brochures, audio and video files, website links, interview forms, transcripts, letters and resumes — not to mention job postings from a wide variety of online platforms.) We offer a few suggestions to help you manage it all…

Make Evernote Your Home Base

If you’re looking for a “home base” for collecting and organizing a variety of job search material, you need to consider Evernote. This popular information-management solution is versatile, secure, and always accessible (via smartphones, mac and pc computers and tablets) in the cloud. Even the basic account (which is free) provides a generous monthly allowance of space for storing your information online. And by upgrading to a premium account you can enjoy additional features to help with networking and contact-management.

With Evernote, you can customize a folder structure that makes it easy for you to organize information on industry news, influencers and prospective employers. (Download the Evernote Web Clipper — so you can easily store articles and links in this central location.) You also can use this service to collaborate and share. Just set up a “public” folder that allows you to generate links — giving prospective employers access to key documents about you.

One more tip: If you’re serious about taming all of your job search information, scan all related paper (letters, receipts, hand-written notes, brochures, etc.) into Evernote, as well. (The Fujitsu ScanSnap scanners have built a base of loyal fans.)

Maintain Good Email Hygiene

It’s not uncommon for candidates to make job inquiries from the email account at their current employer. You’ll make a better impression, however, by establishing a personal email address. What’s more, maintaining separate accounts for your personal job search matters is a good practice for information-management. (If you choose a Gmail solution, you’ll have easy integration with a “Contacts” address book — and ready access to a host of add-on services to meet your custom needs.)

Set Up Google Alerts

It’s essential for a job searcher to generate a steady flow of fresh information from the marketplace — but why conduct the same online searches every day? Instead, go to Google Alerts — where you can easily set up ongoing web searches that automatically deliver news to you. (Receive the alerts by email — or set up a feed that sends the news to your RSS reader.)

What to monitor? For starters: your name; your target companies; names of relevant influencers and opinion leaders; and keyword phrases related to the most important issues and trends affecting your industry. When an opportunity arises, you want to be the first to know.

Organize Your Personal Brand

A strong “personal brand” is an important asset for anyone seeking a new position — and this strength comes from a solid value proposition that is executed consistently. All-too-often, however, recruiters and employers see a “chameleon” candidate — someone who portrays himself differently on every social media profile, resume and letter.

You can avoid a watered-down personal brand by carefully choosing the words and images that will be your “ambassadors” in the marketplace. Then it’s a matter of consistent execution — which you can achieve by keeping all of your “brand assets” in a central spot. (You may want to consider personal database software. Applications like this can keep image files, text snippets — your “elevator pitch,” for example — links to your social profiles, and key documents in one place.)

Manage Your Contacts And Tasks

A job search effort is a complicated communications campaign requiring ongoing contact with a shifting network of contacts and prospective employers. If you don’t already have a trusted system for capturing this information, keeping in contact and getting things done — this may be a great time to make that investment. (The good news: There’s a wide variety of capable and affordable apps — both for smartphones and desktop computers — to help you succeed here.) Flawlessly managing all the related details and tasks is the challenge you face — one that can’t be left to memory alone.

Attract & Retain Top Talent

With a rapidly changing industry, it's vital to offer the right compensation and set the right expectation. With our Salary Guide, get detailed job descriptions, industry insights and local salary data to equip your managers with hiring confidence and expertise.

Get your copy »

Get email updates about more content like this.


| Next articles in The Column blog |

Get the foundation you need to hire the best legal talent.

Request your copy of our 2021 Salary Guide »