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The key to getting out of an unemployment rut may be easier than you think.Barbara Hemphill, founder of the Productive Environment Institute, tells Bridgette A. Lacy at the News Observer that seeking a job is a lot like running your own business and organising your surroundings can increase your chances of success.
“You can’t run a business without an office,” Hemphill says. “There are certain things everyone needs in their office space, whether it’s a corner of their kitchen, a hall closet or a designated room.”
Here are a few things that Hemphill says every person should have in their home office to keep the job hunt running smoothly:
1. Use trays to keep files in order. An active tray for jobs you’ve already applied to, an inactive tray for potential prospects and a tray containing reference files, such as company portfolios or media kits, that you’ll want to keep referring back to.
Updated resumes and tailored cover letters should be filed. It might even be useful to keep a file for each job you apply to, with research on the company and the subsequent cover letter you submitted to them. Keep additional folders of jobs you plan to apply to.
2. Keep your contacts organised. Put all contact information you’ve acquired into an Excel sheet or Outlook database. Having all of your contacts in one place eliminates sifting through business cards and inboxes. Frequently look over your contact list and reach out to people for potential opportunities.
3.) Keep your inbox relevant. Nat Turner, who sold his tech company to Google in 2010, manages his email inbox by archiving messages that don’t require immediate attention. This way, says Turner, “Every item in my inbox represents something to do.” The Boomerang application for Gmail is helpful in reminding you when you haven’t received a reply regarding an important topic. Always remember to clean out archives and other folders every so often to keep all messages relevant.
According to a 2008 Napo Survey of 400 consumers, 91 per cent said they would be more effective and efficient if their workspace was better organised. Having all of your resources in a collective, designated space increases productivity. Too much clutter increases stress and can push you into a mental overload, giving the you the feeling that you have too much to do when you should be focusing on finding a job.
“Unemployment requires a great deal of organisation,” says Lacy. organisation naturally calls to action. A clean environment reinforces workflow and gives the energy to get up and get moving.
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