Organizing your job hunt – PBA

Being organized in your hunt for a new job can be as important as the quality of your applications.

There’s nothing worse than finding the perfect job, getting really excited and then forgetting about it, before remembering just after the deadline to submit an application is gone. Heartbreak ensues.

This is why being organized as you look for your perfect new role is super important.

The not-for-profit sector is going to experience expansion in the next 12 to 18 months. With a new government in the driver’s seat, the setor is optimistic that it could see funds flowing back into a sector that was subjected to broad and aggressive funding cuts across much of the last decade.

So the good news is that capacity will likely grow and there will be more jobs to apply for. The bad news is that heartbreak is assured if you don’t organize yourself to apply for the roles in time.

The best way to achieve this is to firstly keep lists of the roles you want to apply for. Dare I say it, even a spreadsheet. And then include the priority of the application (how much do you want this job?), The requirements (is there an extensive key selection criteria document you need to write?) And the date the applications close.

Then, you need to be disciplined about sitting down and spending the time to write quality applications. There’s no point rushing and submitting something you’re not proud of; that could also be detrimental to future employment prospects with the organization.

Make sure you set up reminders for jobs you really want so that you can’t forget an approaching deadline and prioritize the jobs you want the most.

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