How to use a Daily Diary for Job Hunting

How to use a Daily Diary for Job Hunting

 

In order to claim job seeking benefits, you need to prove you have been job seeking. What better way of doing this than using a diary to record your job seeking activities.

There are many benefits to using and maintaining a diary:

  • Better organisation of your time
  • More control over your life
  • Keeping your appointments
  • Increase in your efficiency
  • Make you more effective
  • Keep a record of your achievements
  • Gain insight for improvements
  • Motivation
  • Helps you realise your goals
  • De-clutters your mind
  • Reduces your stress levels

How to use a Daily Diary

As the title suggests, a diary is best used regularly and should include.

A note of any appointments you have made, whether it be for that day, that week, the next month, in three months time or for any other time.

If you miss appointments, not only will you inconvenience the person who the appointment is with, you will be seen as an unorganised and unreliable person.

You need to keep a record of important events such as:

  • Jobs you applied for
  • Jobs you didn’t get
  • Efforts made to get a job
  • Your application for any type of benefits
  • Benefit payments made to you
  • Notes on any conversations you had in conjunction with benefits. To include what was said by you and by them, particularly if it was over the phone. Remember to include the time.
  • Interviews you attended in person
  • Interviews you had on the phone

The Job Centre will usually ask you to prove you are actively seeking work. Keeping a diary, with copies of any applications, will show evidence that you are.

When you start working again, it is important that you note the date you started and what training you have received. This is useful in updating your CV and to uncover what further training you may need at the end of your induction to enable you to succeed in your new career.

DAILY DIARY

There are many benefits to using and maintaining a diary:

  • Better organisation of your time
  • More control over your life
  • Keeping your appointments
  • Increase in your efficiency
  • Make you more effective
  • Keep a record of your achievements
  • Gain insight for improvements
  • Motivation
  • Helps you realise your goals
  • De-clutters your mind
  • Reduces your stress levels

How to use a Daily Diary

As the title suggests, a diary is best used regularly and should include:

A note of any appointments you have made, whether it be for that day, that week, the next month, in three months time or for any other time.

If you miss appointments, not only will you inconvenience the person who the appointment is with, you will be seen as an unorganised and unreliable person.

You need to keep a record of important events such as:

  • Jobs you applied for
  • Jobs you didn’t get
  • Efforts made to get a job
  • Your application for any type of benefits
  • Benefit payments made to you
  • Notes on any conversations you had in conjunction with benefits. To include what was said by you and by them, particularly if it was over the phone. Remember to include the time.
  • Interviews you attended in person
  • Interviews you had on the phone

The Job Centre will usually ask you to prove you are actively seeking work. Keeping a diary, with copies of any applications, will show evidence that you are.

When you start working again, it is important that you note the date you started and what training you have received. This is useful in updating your CV and to uncover what further training you may need at the end of your induction to enable you to succeed in your new career.

DEMONSTRATION OF A DAILY DIARY

March 2013
4 Monday
Visit the Job Centre at 11am.  Got details of 5 jobs.
Drop application off to BHS.  Handed in to Customer Services, main till busy.
Check housing benefit has been paid into my bank.  Yes it has.
Ask in Tesco if they have got any jobs going.  They said to apply through their website.
I visited Tesco website, no vacancies in my area. It said vacancies nationwide for Tesco phone shop. Researched Tesco phone shop. Nothing in Exeter.
Looked at the details of 5 jobs from the Job Centre. Researched my favourite in Next. Spend rest of day creating a CV and cover letter for it. Need to hand in tomorrow.
5 Tuesday
Get Express and Echo to look for a job – Visited their website.
Drop in application to Next. Did that. Looked around Next shop for research.
Visit Job Centre. Did that, no new jobs for me.
Looked in House of Fraser shop window. No jobs. Went into shop. Overheard about a vacancy on the Shoe Department. Asked the staff who work there. They gave me an application form. I filled this in and will create a CV and cover letter to go with it.
6 Wednesday
Handed in application to HOF. Visited Job Centre –  No luck. Applied for a job at Waitrose on their website.
7 Thursday
Bought Express & Echo newspaper, Job at B&Q, will do a CV and cover letter for it.
Looked at other 4 jobs from Job Centre on Monday. One too far to travel, another is temporary. Other 2, not much experience but will do a CV and cover letter for them.
8 Friday
Got a call from Peacocks, inviting me for an interview next Fri at 11am for a Full-time job on the kids section. Need to spend the rest of the day researching the role and the company. Need to plan my route, what I am going to wear and prepare what to say.
Need to do a CV and cover letter tomorrow for the other 2 jobs.

 

 

 

RSS Latest Personal and Professional Development/Inspirational Posts from the Original Beat Redundancy Blues Blog – Be sure to subscribe!

  • Passion Inspirational/Motivational Poem By Sandra Bellamy!!
      Passion Inspirational/Motivational Poem By Sandra Bellamy!! You have to have passion in what you do, otherwise you are just going through the motions living someone else’s dream!! Yes, it will be tough and there may be heartache and pain to reach your destination, but you will get there in the end, because I believe […]
  • REDUNDANCY Dream Finally Comes True!! ASEXUAL PERSPECTIVES Quirky Books Paperback Published!
    When I was made redundant for the second time in my life, in 2009, it is then that I discovered 100% that I was born to write. I started my www.quirkybooks.wordpress.com writing blog over 6 years ago and I knew back then, that I wanted to have my own publishing company called Quirky Books, and this […]
  • COURAGE – Motivational/Inspirational Poem By Sandra Bellamy
    Filed under: Inspiration, Redundancy Tagged: inspirational, inspirational poetry, Inspirational video, inspiring, Motivational poetry, Motivational video, Personal development, quirkybooksTV, sandra bellamy, Self-help, Vloggger
  • Persistence, Patience and Inner Power!
    Writing is the love of my life. I have to confess, writing itself, brings me inner peace, such happiness, joy, and contentment, that I do not experience from anything else I regularly do. Nothing compares to the feeling. If only writing books was that simple. But as a self- published Author of non-fiction, loads of […]

RSS Tips and Tricks for Small Business Owners and Freelances from Fresh Books

RSS Keep in the Know with the Latest News and Careers Information from Adecco

  • Is the skills gap shrinking?
    Employers have been talking about the skills gap—a lack of essential work skills and abilities in the workforce—for a few years now. As younger generations entered the workforce in droves, many analysts placed the blame for the gap on deficiencies in our educational systems. Some employers said that their current workforces were having trouble keeping […]
  • Will “Buy American, Hire American” Increase U.S. Manufacturing Jobs?
    This week marks the beginning of Trump’s “Made in America” campaign, which aims to promote goods made in America by Americans. Following an executive order back in April, the week refocuses Americans on the Administration’s agenda and reinforces the importance of adding jobs to the labor market. Putting ‘America First’ in this manner is a bid to […]
  • What’s Driving Growth in Nutraceuticals
    Nutraceuticals have recently become a hot trend in the United States due to the sweeping preventive health concern. Increased consumption of dietary supplements and functional foods and beverages is driving new businesses to explore the robust opportunities nutraceuticals have to offer. In 2015, the U.S. nutraceutical market opportunity was $64.8 billion, making Americans one of […]
  • Relocation Packages: When To Consider Offering Them To Potential Hires
    It’s hard to overstate the importance of finding the right hires to fit your team dynamic and help meet the growing needs of your business. In some industries and geographical regions, however, locating highly qualified candidates who possess the right combination of skills and experience to fill specialized positions can be a real challenge at […]
  • From friend to boss, what now?
    Work friendships are important – they’re a reason to be excited about coming into work, and that close collaboration can even help you to do a better job. In fact, two-thirds of women in a Gallup poll said, “the social aspect of a job is a ‘major reason’ why they work.”  However, the environment changes dramatically […]

RSS Keep in the Know With the Latest Careers and Work Advice from The Guardian

  • Is employment law fit for the gig economy?
    Protesting Uber drivers and Deliveroo couriers are classed as self-employed, and there are questions as to whether the law adequately protects such workersThere’s an uprising within the gig economy: making a stand over pay packages is catching on. This summer, Uber drivers have taken the firm to an employment tribunal, Deliveroo couriers withdrew their labour […]
  • My line manage has no complaints about my work yet excludes me
    I was told there would be opportunities to progress in this position, but have been encouraged to apply elsewhereTwice a week we publish problems that will feature in a forthcoming Dear Jeremy advice column in the Saturday Guardian so that readers can offer their own advice and suggestions. We then print the best of your […]
  • I'd like to become an adult literacy teacher. How do I qualify?
    It’s time for a change and, having found it rewarding to help a colleague improve their English, teaching seems attractiveTwice a week we publish problems that will feature in a forthcoming Dear Jeremy advice column in the Saturday Guardian so that readers can offer their own advice and suggestions. We then print the best of […]
  • I'm in my late 40s and need a new career – but what?
    A family member has offered to pay for a postgraduate course and I’ve thought about seeing a life coach. However I do have a wide variety of experienceTwice a week we publish problems that will feature in a forthcoming Dear Jeremy advice column in the Saturday Guardian so that readers can offer their own advice […]
  • I feel I'm only invited to job interviews to make up the numbers
    I’m fed up with having my time wasted and find it very demoralising as I had high hopes of some of the jobs I applied for. It happens far too oftenTwice a week we publish problems that will feature in a forthcoming Dear Jeremy advice column in the Saturday Guardian so that readers can offer […]

How Would You Like To See Your Add On This site?

If you would like to see your ad on this site: Message me on Twitter or Facebook for a price. NEW 09/06/16 Due to popular demand, if you would like to have a link added to this site there is a nominal fee of £60 a year per link (£5 per month) whilst it's on this site, to cover costs. Any links added prior to this date will be honoured unless removed for any reason. BLOG If you would like be featured on the blog it's £40 per post.

Like beatredundancyblues on Facebook

Connect with beatredundancyblues on Twitter

Aid Your Recovery from Redundancy with Blogging

Sandra Bellamy Owner and Founder of beatredundancyblues

 Beat Your Blues With Blogging from Blog Trainer UK Hi, it's Sandra, otherwise known as Blog Trainer UK. Thanks so much for stopping by my website. I train people how to start a WordPress.com blog for Business, or Health and Happiness. Learn how to blog for Business, Health and Happiness, with a one day Masterclass. Blog for Health and Happiness Workshop Blog your way to health and happiness with this intense and fun, one day workshop. Whatever your passion; whether it's photography, writing, cooking, travelling, inspiring, designing, or something else, blogging lets you express that passion and get carried away with it. The more you talk about what you like, enjoy, and are passionate about, the happier you will feel and become. Through blogging, you can connect with like-minded people who share your hobbies, your ideals, Read more

Testimonial for Sandra Bellamy Blog Trainer UK

Testimonial For Sandra Bellamy Blog Trainer UK

‘I attended a three-class course run by Sandra looking at how to get started in blogging. The classes were enjoyable, well-taught, and easy to understand. Sandra’s personality shone through her teaching and made the experience positive and non-threatening.
 I have been blogging on and off since the course, and have found it to be a good activity to be involved in.’ michaelhodges3.wordpress.com

Michael Hodges Devon, UK

Connect with beatredundancyblues Owner on LinkedIn

Leave a Reply

©beatredundancyblues.com 2013-2017 All rights reserved
Show Buttons
Hide Buttons