There are a lot of strategies that go into finding your first job out of college. Networking, informational interviews and career fairs to name a few. You've likely narrowed down to the field you are interested in, but it is still hard to keep track of all the prospects. Take a hint from the working world and give a job scrum board a try.
Begin by finding a large free wall and place Post-it® Super Sticky Dry Erase Surface on it – a wall that you'll see everyday is ideal. List out headers for each of the following: Company, Job title, Contact and Progress. Write down all the places you'd like to work – this is not the time to skimp. Any job that pops in your head, write it down.
Take a Post-it® Super Sticky Note and list out contact information for each job on the board. Just their name an email will work. Post-it® Notes are best for this because you can take it with you when the time comes to contact them.
This is the most important and most useful part of the job scrum board. In the Progress column, keep an on-going update on each possible job. For example: "sent in application," "send email on Friday," "waiting for response," or "informational interview on Tuesday." Each time you move forward with an application, interview or follow-up email, update this column with the next action you should take.
Not every position you apply for will lead to a job – keep your head up! Finding a job can be stressful; hopefully, these steps will help you narrow down to a place that marks the beginning of your career. In the meantime, try to keep calm and enjoy the experience of finding your first job.