Tracking your applications helps to document who, what, where, when, why, and how you applied to jobs. It allows you to build a network list, set goals, and stay on target. As you dedicate time looking for the perfect position and making sure to modify your cover letter and resume to match each opportunity, are you tracking everything you are applying for?
Here are five reasons to track your job search:
Quick Access to Information
Have you ever applied to a job and three weeks later received a call and scrambled to remember what it was for? Having a job search log can help you gather your wits quickly so you can put your best foot forward in the moment..
Keeping on Track
A job search log is a great way to set goals and keep motivated to achieve them. You can look back and reference the positions you have applied for as well as the outcomes. This can also help you to see where you were successful and where you may need some improvements with your job search tools.
Organize your Contacts
Didn’t receive a call from your ideal employer? Don’t worry. You have a list of potential contacts to follow-up with and add to LinkedIn. Do some research to see who has recently updated their status at the company so you can get a better sense of the skill set they are looking for. And don’t forget to touch base with your new contacts, you never know who may be hiring again soon.
If you are applying for multiple positions, keep a copy of your job posting, your application package, resume, and cover letter for each. This will be helpful if the hiring process is longer than expected and you have forgotten some details of the position and your application. This information will also help prepare you for interviews.
When applying to a new company, look through your friend lists and their contacts on social media and see if someone works, has worked, or knows someone who works there. You’ve probably heard the saying “it’s all about who you know” so utilize your social capital to receive a job recommendation, the inside scoop on the organization, and/or a direct connection to the hiring manager. Your contacts can make all the difference in helping you achieve your goals.
Have a limited professional network? Don’t worry – it’s not only who you know, but who you are about to know.
Tracking your job search allows you to build your network, set goals and stay on target. If you are looking for more help with your job search, click here to contact one of our Employment Coaches for support.