Right now many of us are looking for work, going back to school and other intensive activities that require a great deal of commitment and organization. I have some good news if you’re looking for some practical help with all that. Consultant Claire Keeling is going to share some of her Sort It Out Tips on this blog. 

Claire Keeling, if you don’t know that name, is an expert on getting organized and developing productive habits to clairebiopicture1help us move ahead on career and personal goals. If you don’t know her name, you probably really need these tips!

Here are the first of Claire’s Sort It Out Tips that she has put together for us (and you can find information about her company and more Tips at this > LINK < to her Website.)


3 Sort It Out Tips on Managing Your Time During a Job Search


If you are one of the many people who have lost their jobs during this economic downturn, you may find yourself with more time on your hands than you’re used to. It’s easy to find yourself at the end of the day wondering where the day went.


Here are 3 tips to managing your time during your job search.


Tip # 1: Make a plan. It sounds pie in the sky, but we tend to waste time when we don’t have directions, so taking the time to sit down and decide the 5 W’s is crucial. Which companies are you targeting today, tomorrow, this week? Who do you need to reach out to for networking events? What do you need to do to get ready for interviews, networking, etc? When will you network, market yourself, research information? Where do you need to look for resources, websites, etc? How will you break down the items on your task list?


Tip # 2: Make a list of your time wasters. We all have unconscious activities that we find ourselves doing when we don’t know what else to do. Having more time on your hands may mean more time to waste on things like Facebook, You Tube, etc. The action of making a list will bring these items to your consciousness and make you aware of your own habits. Allow time for these things during the day, but recognize that you won’t get much accomplished if you waste your day doing these activities.


Tip # 3: Develop a system. The information received during the job process can be very detailed and have many threads to emails and notes from specific prospects. Taking the time to develop a system to keep this information organized is vital. How are you keeping track of notes you take during phone calls, in person meetings, emails, etc? Having a lot of loose notes in piles will only lend to your growing frustration and encourage feelings of overwhelm. Think about the job search as a part-time job and organize yourself accordingly. The key to success in this area is having one system for capturing all of your information and maintaining consistency with that system.


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** The BackStory **

I met Claire at Sqwires Restaurant last year, when we were guest presenters at a Best Practices Roundtable hosted by the local chapter of Society Marketing Professional Services (SMPS.)

Claire’s presentation was on organization. According to her Website, she founded her business, Sort It Out, Inc. in 2004 in response to a growing demand for organization and efficiency expertise in the corporate world.

“Some people are born with an ability to maintain order and categorize and prioritize their tasks. It is my goal to fill a gap in people’s professional tool kit and provide training and coaching to support people as they learn how to maximize how they use their time, energy, and money”, quotes Keeling.

She is certified in both the Clear & SIMPLE and FreedomFiler systems. Her community efforts include involvement in the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association and the American Club Association. Claire has been featured in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Suburban Journal. She has been interviewed on the three St. Louis morning television news shows, Channel 2, 4 and 5, as well as KMOX radio and appears monthly on Great Day St. Louis.