Tristan discusses job application trackers, what they are and why you should have one during your job search. Job searching is already stressful enough as it is. If you can stay organized throughout the process, you can streamline it a bit and eliminate some of that stress!
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Tristan: What’s going on, Living Corporate? It’s Tristan, and I want to thank you for tapping back in with me as I provide some tips and advice for professionals. Today, let’s discuss job application trackers, what they are and why you should have one during your job search.
Have you ever been in the middle of a job search, and you get a call from a company stating that they’d like you to have you for an interview, but you weren’t even sure which job it was for? Let’s be real, most of us have been there. I applied to over 200 jobs straight out of college, and it was hard to keep them straight. So I did what many career coaches would suggest you do, start a job application tracker sheet. These sheets serve as a one-stop shop for you to remember all of the jobs you applied to and organizes access to any additional information that may be useful.
Most people make the trackers using Microsoft Excel or Google sheets. You can have as many sections as you would like, but let’s discuss some key sections I would suggest to keep all your information straight.
The first three critical pieces of information are the job title, the company you applied to, and the job description. These are the basic foundations of the job application tracker. Most people would recommend linking to the job description. I suggest copying the job description into Google Docs and linking to that document within your tracker since companies often take down job descriptions. This will allow you to refer back to it whenever the need arises. Another section people like to have is application status such as applied, denied, 1st round interview, 2nd round interview, offer received, etc.
There are a couple of additional sections that can be useful. If you’re tailoring your resume for each role that you apply to, you should keep track of the version of the resume you sent. Typically, I analyze job descriptions to identify keywords to modify my resume. I like to track some of the keywords in my job tracker. Lastly, if you’re reaching out to contacts at the companies for informational interviews, your tracker can be a great way to keep track of their name, contact info, and dates of conversations so you can easily reference the information at any point in time.
Job searching is already stressful enough as it is. If you can stay organized throughout the process, you can streamline it a bit and eliminate some of that stress.
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