Using Trello to Job hunt
We are all consumed with daily tasks, weekly regiments, and monthly duties. I become slow in the next actions to take in the cloud of it all. From working in multi-project based work environments I’ve needed a simple and universal approach that I could extend for multiple purposes within my work and personal tasks. Trello was introduced to me and I became impressed by the immediate organization I could create within a few minutes. This was not just one specific re-occurring task, but a plethora of different projects and tasks to include in organizations.
In my process of searching for work, I’ve created a Trello board specifically for my job hunt. Below is this setup I am using with some brief explanations of why I did what I did.
The Trello board
This Trello board is the initial view in a personal flow where I tackle my personal status and objectives first. Personal status contains my resume, portfolio and any other social information that would need to consistently reflect each-other.
The main flow of the board:
- Personal Status
- Status Completed
- No Response
I also add an empty card at the the top of a list with a label for instructions. It is your job to move your cards around and keep this at the top of the list and just a personal addition to my visual guidance.
This is much of the later flow, when you have contacted people and sent out your application. I move cards back and forth as this process is different for every hiring sequence. The “Followup” list is when someone replies back and I need to respond (sort of like an inbox) – just throw that card in the list if the company has responded with a followup. If the company doesn’t respond – which might be after a few attempts, then add it to the no response list. Once you send a response then the card get’s moved to “Corresponded” list and you wait. When a company responds with an interview, then move the card to the “Interview” list. Rinse and repeat.
For my resume I use Google docs, giving me free reign to make it messy and refine. I can then add the Google doc as an attachment within the Trello card. I may add more than one attachment to show historical copies.
My personal quick task list for my Resume card:
The previous image shows my resume card and my progress. Progress is a great thing when you need to gauge your own personal accomplishments. Build the way you want it. Keep everything in a close click and never archive a job card. Find a place where it needs to go.
I track everywhere I find leads to a great job list.
I utilize Trello’s markdown when writing descriptions and lists for hierarchy. Anytime there is activity on a card I add a comment to quickly know where I left off.
I hope this simple demonstration shows you how you can implement a free and simple execution for various tasks in your life.
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