For many people, figuring out which job is right for them becomes a numbers game. By the time you’re done with your job search, you might have applied for 50, 100, or even 200 jobs! How can you keep track of it all, and make sure you’re ready when interviews and offers start flowing in?
Here are 3 simple ways to ensure you’re on top of organization when it comes to job hunting.
Create a folder for each job application labeled with the company name. Copy each job posting into a Microsoft Word document or Google Doc and save it to the folder.
Why? Because by the time you get the interview, the job posting will be unlisted and you will have forgotten details about the position. By saving it, you’ll be able to revisit the information and expectations and can use the job description to prepare your STAR/SOAR/PAR stories for the interview.
Save your customized resume and cover letter to each folder, that way you know what you submitted with the application.
Yes, you need to customize your resume for EVERY job application – but when you save them, you’ll be able to understand what variations got the best responses. This information could be very useful for understanding what certain employers are looking for.
Use project management tools like Basecamp, Asana, or Trello to keep your job search organized.
If you prefer using a simple excel sheet, that works too! Information you’ll want to track includes:
- Company Name
- People you know at the company (LinkedIn is a great tool to figure this out)
- Recruiter’s Name
- Hiring Manager’s Name
- Emails of your points of contact
- Date Applied
- Application Materials
- Interview (When is your interview scheduled?)
- Follow-Up – Did you send a thank you email or letter? Indicate whether or not here.
- Status – If you were rejected, offered the job, asked for a second interview, etc.
These tips combined not only allow you to keep track of what’s working or not during the application process – but they also enable you to go into interviews with a full understanding of what a company is seeking.
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