Organizing Data You Gather from Social Networks during Your Job Search

By Joshua Waldman

Once you begin your journey of job searching using social media, you will find yourself with lots of information. After about a week of researching target companies and the hiring managers within those companies, you may find that you have way too much information to keep in your head. Ultimately, you need some kind of system for organizing all the data you accumulate about people.

It’s a good idea to create dossiers of important people in your network. (A dossier is a file or collection of information about someone.) Use your CRM system to apply tags such as “Hiring Manager” so you can easily segment your list. Add notes to each hiring manager in the system so you can refer to them later.

You may feel like you’re overdoing things by keeping so many notes, your work will pay off. To avoid kicking yourself for not remembering a crucial fact about a hiring manager that you discovered weeks earlier, make sure you’re organized from the beginning. There are many techniques you can use to find opportunities, companies, and people to target, and then keep track of them in one of these organizing tools.