However you choose to do it, you need to keep track of your job applications. It doesn’t matter if you use an index card, a dedicated notebook, sticky notes on your wall, or some sophisticated tool on your smartphone - if you don’t keep track of them, you’re not really showing your dedication to your job search.
One of the best ways to organise your applications is to create a spreadsheet, recording details of your application such as:
- Job title
- How to apply
- Closing date
- Contact details of recruiter/hiring manager for follow-ups
You can include as much information about the job as you’d like, and could also colour code your spreadsheet to help you visualise the progress of each application.
As well as this, you could also create a new folder on your computer for every job you apply to. Here you can save the job specification, job description and the CV and covering letter that you applied with. You’ll need these for the next stage in the process if you’re successful, and information such as the job specification won’t stay available online after the closing date has passed.