There is no way around it. Many of the activities associated with job searching now happen online. Technology has greatly simplified the job search process in some ways, but it has also added layers upon layers of additional complexity. Making a concerted effort to organize through digital decluttering can help.
A great deal of networking happens on social media platforms such as LinkedIn, but also on Facebook, Twitter, and even Instagram, and each of these require we maintain a personal profile, each in a different format and with different privacy options to worry about.
Conducting research of prospective employers happens online as well, and can involve reading the company website, searching for recent news articles and press releases, and mining your contacts on LinkedIn to find people you know with a connection to the employer.
The vast majority of job hunters watch job listings online and submit digital applications rather than send hard copy resumes (hint: sending a hard copy resume via “snail mail” IN ADDITION TO your digital application can be a great way to stand out) and many people are dealing with multiple copies of a resume, each for different situations. We have to find ways to keep all this organized.
Of course, in addition to our computers, many of us are juggling multiple connected devices too, such as a phone and possibly a tablet as well. In these cases, we may be doing our best to stay organized using cloud accounts and apps that sync across all our devices, adding another layer of complexity.
Yes, we need to be online. Yet, being online diminishes our attention spans and eats up all sorts of extra time. It’s a common Catch-22 problem that needs to be addressed.
Here then, are 17 digital decluttering tips to help you regain your time. You may want to go through the digital decluttering process immediately, if you are engaged in a job search right now. But, beyond the job search process, there is also value in setting aside at least one day, once every year to evaluate, fine tune, and organize your digital life. Doing so will help you stay focused on priorities and will benefit you in both your professional and personal life.
Technology is a wonderful invention but if we don’t create our own usage rules or boundaries, it can overtake our lives. Finding a balance can be tricky but not impossible.
Take your time going through these steps. There’s no right or wrong way to approach this list; if necessary, close your eyes and point to the tip you want to complete first.
Completing these steps sooner than later is better, only because digital clutter will impact your job search productivity. But don’t feel like you have to complete them all at once. As long as you continue to make progress, you will soon begin to see results and your motivation to continue will rise. Soon you will be organized and you will feel that frenetic energy you feel when you sit down at your computer shift to calm.