Basic Organizational Skills

“For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned” Benjamin Franklin

Organization is important in both a personal and professional context. A home or office environment that is kept properly organized and clutter free has a multitude of benefits such as, a gain of time and reducing moments of stress.

Confronted with a situation where we must urgently find a phone number or an administrative paper, many of us panic. This situation of panic and stress can be avoided with proper organization such as noting down information, as well as creating and filing the information in an easily identifiable place.

Given the amount of information that our brains are required to recall such as: events, dates, numbers and names, it is extremely difficult to memorize all.

Organization is a “self” skill which can be acquired and practiced by taking the time to put in place a system and methods and systematically applying these. At the start, setting up a system of ‘organization” can be a tedious task, as it takes prior reflection and structuring. However, once the structure and methods are in place, the benefits well outnumber the initial time and effort required. 

Organization skills for a job search

Looking for a new job takes time, research and organization. It requires a certain methodology and actions such as planning, writing, proof-reading, filing, contacts, interviews, meeting people, follow-up, as well as determination and motivation to get the job.

Positions where there is no shortage of talent on the market can be filled quickly. Therefore, you need to be organized, prepared and proactive in your job search. For the Expat Accompanying Partner, the job search process should ideally be in place and activated before the return from a period abroad.

Example of a 3-year Expat assignment

Time can go by quickly as an Expat. If one takes the example of a 3-year assignment, the phases can be typically grouped (all Expats go through these phases at one stage or another) into the following:

First year is spent getting settled in;
Second year is the period of adaption/ settled into the new environment;
Third year is spent, to an extent, on organizing the repatriation. This involves packing; dealing with the moving company/transporter; possibly looking for new accommodation; administrative upheavals such as cancelling registrations and accounts, re-registrations and not forgetting the daily tasks which need to be done!

If you are planning on finding a new job in your home or new host country, this can often be neglected due to these other tasks.

Depending on the position and sector you are searching in, the process of finding a new job can take several months. With prior planning and organization, the time scale can be reduced as well as the incurred stress of finding a new employment.

If you have not given it thought before, it is advisable to start to put in place a search process several months prior to repatriating.

Simple steps to organize your job search

Update and/or revamp your CV, as well as profiles on professional social networks such as Linkedin.
Reactivate your established network to inform them of your available date to start work. A network can consist of your partners company HR Department, as well as prior work colleagues and recruiters.
Research, develop and grow your network in the industry and position you are looking for by reaching out to HR Managers and Recruiters in these domains.
Set up alerts on jobsites to be informed of open positions.
Start sending out your CV and Cover Letter.
Establish in advance, when possible, face to face interviews/meetings for your return.

Benefits of Organization skills in the workplace

Organizational skills are highly sought after in the job market. Benefits of good organizational skills include, time management, planning, prioritizing, stress management, avoiding errors, efficiency and productivity.

Possessing good organization skills leaves a positive impression and can be a factor that enhances your chances of getting a job or a promotion.

If you are an Expat Accompanying Partner looking to reintegrate the workplace, take some time to organize the job search in advance. Not only will this help to relieve the stress of looking for a new job, it will also help in developing and improving your organization skills for interviews and in a future employment.

“Good order is the foundation of all things” Edmund Burke  

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