So today, I needed to organize the job hunt. I have this great program called Scrivener and use it for my every day writing projects. I thought, why not the job hunt, to keep things organized and in one place. But I wanted this special, so first I went online and found some new icons to add to the graphics in the program. I found some really good Moleskine ones at Devaint Art.
First, I opened up Scrivener and started a new project, labeling it Job Hunt. I used the blank format because I didn’t want to migrate all of the other writing stuff into the program that is associated with the different templates. I needed to organize this to my own specific needs.
Then, second, I imported a folder I had created on my desktop called relocation that has all of my job hunt materials, even applications to-date. I need that information for the unemployment to validate any activities for ‘looking for work’ requirements.
Why Scrivener? I hate having to look for things and I had reached that saturation point with the job hunt. And I wanted to do something more. Back in my mind, ideas are coalescing into a potential book of experience. As I visit with family, looking for jobs in the “Big City”, I am finding others reaching out for help and consultation. Maybe their compliments, have a meaning, that I should be mentoring others on this? God, knows I have had to look for jobs before, on several different occasions and have a host of experience. The book sounds awesome! I don’t know, if I could write this or not, maybe something for a Dummies book, “Using Scrivener for Career Building, Job Hunt????” Hey, maybe a best seller in my future.
Third, To add the icons or change any icons, CTRL-click(right-click) on the folder or the page, and scroll down to Change Icons, then in the second pop up box, manage icons (now I am using a MAC so it will be different for PC). This box will appear, and you want to use the top box to add these icons permanently to the program. I don’t know if this is right or not, but on the next change, I saw my icons listed.
Fourth, now to organize what I have imported into specific folders. I know I have to keep track by week, my search and other activities for unemployment certification.
So I am thinking, that the top folder, where it usually states manuscript, could now be labeled leads. Here I could create folders by applications and the materials I sent, notably, the cover letter. Dates are important to unemployment, and so this might be the best bet. Then I have to think of changing the meta-data to reflect these unique circumstances. Is the hunt under application stage, under review, interview, 2nd interview, offer, follow-up, etc. Now I realize I need a whole breadth of terminology.
This is going to be an afternoon project and I think will be very fruitful endeavor.