By Tim Klepaczyk
I remember a conversation I had with my boss several years ago. I was working as an application and sales engineer, and he lamented the hundreds of e-mails he needed to wade through frequently. I didn’t receive as much e-mail as him, but I received enough that I could relate to his concerns.
I’m reminded of the conversation when I work on my job search. I belong to over 50 LinkedIn groups and subscribe to many of their weekly updates. I get other e-mail alerts, such as from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Illinois Department of Employment Security. If you also receive a lot of e-mails dealing with it is of course only one of one’s job search tasks.
However, I never felt overwhelmed then or now. It’s a matter of prioritization. Make a mental note of which e-mails require prompt attention, which can be put on the backburner, and which can be ignored. Are you consistently ignoring e-mails from a common source? Unsubscribe to that one.
Additionally, my job search coach provided a document to me that I use to track my efforts. It has separate rows for many metrics, such as job applications submitted, networking e-mails and phone calls, networking lunches and events, phone and on-site interviews, and work on my LinkedIn and Repio profiles. I also have a spreadsheet where I track the details of job leads I’m pursuing, with separate pages for active and inactive leads. Such records are not only useful today; they are also useful in the future. I have job search records dating back more years than I’m willing to admit, although that is perhaps a sign more than anything else of some overdue Spring cleaning.
Technologies are tools; always control them, do not let them control you.
Tim Klepaczyk is an RF & microwave engineer with over 20 years of experience in applications & sales and product design & validation. He also loves writing.
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