Forget about spending money on software or services that help you keep track of job applications (or sent resumes). We’ve created a spreadsheet via Microsoft Excel that will help you stay organized during your job search. Download the spreadsheet here.
Have you ever inadvertently called the same hiring manager twice, only to have them laugh at your because you forget you already spoke with them? Neither have I, but I don’t want to read about you on Reddit.
Searching for jobs is stressful enough. Staying on top of your job application process can help ease the burden. Keep track of when you applied, when you followed up, and the contact information of the hiring manager/HR. Feel free to add columns and update this template as you see fit.
Breakdown Of Columns
Though intuitive enough to use, we’ll break the columns down in case anything needs clarification:
- Company Name – This is the name of the hiring company, not the company of the site you found the job on (though it might be the same if on a company’s career page!)
- Job Title – The title of the job (i.e. Remote Data Entry)
- Listing URL – The URL containing the job posting
- Posting Date – The date the job was posted (not necessarily the date you found the job).
- Expiration Date – Many job postings indicate a date that the job posting will expire. If the job posting doesn’t indicate one, just leave this blank.
- Contact Name – Name of the person who you have been corresponding with
- Contact Info – As the column description implies, this is the contact info of the person you’ve been corresponding with. Enter email, phone number, twitter handle, etc.
- Date Applied – The date you applied for the job. This is handy, as it will give you a point of reference of when to follow up with your main contact. For example, use this date for following up within one week after applying, etc.
- Notes – Any miscellaneous notes you’d like to keep track of