When I am speaking with someone about their job search the question I love to ask is this, “Who have you sent your resume to and when?”
90%+ of the time I get a blank stare or if a phone conversation, that long awkward pause.
In my head I am thinking, “What do you mean you don’t know?” but I try not to let it out.
To do en effective job search you need to be able to track some basic things like:
-Company you sent the resume to, to whom, date and time
-Contact information of the person sent to including name, phone number, and email address
-Logging email and phone calls.
-Scheduling follow-up actions.
There are four options that I like best:
-Create a hard copy form to fill out
-Create an Excel spreadsheet with specific fields to enter information
-Create an actual database of some sort, Access for example
For ideas on fields to create you can see this Sample Job Lead Follow-Up Log.
I highly recommend both of the products not only for a current job search but to save and store information for future searches. To recreate the wheel before each search is time consuming.
It does not matter how many jobs you apply for, networking connections made, or people you speak with if you are not keeping track of when to do what activities.