One of the most frustrating aspects of searching for a job can be waiting to hear back after you’ve submitted an application. Some employers’ hiring processes take many months, and by the time they call, you may literally have forgotten about having applied for the job. To further complicate the situation, many job boards remove ads from their sites after 30 days or after the application deadline has passed, leaving you nothing to reference online.
To address these common challenges, it’s helpful to keep your own records of the jobs for which you’ve applied. Whether you start an Excel spreadsheet, a Word document, or simply a handwritten list, it’s important to keep track of where you’ve sent your resumes. For each application you submit, keep a record of the date you submitted it, the company name and position title, and any additional information such as the hours or salary offered. As you receive responses from potential employers, you can note for yourself whether you received a phone interview, an in-person interview, or if the position has already been filled.
Keeping records of your job applications allows you to avoid duplicate submissions for positions that are advertised again several months later. Additionally, over time, your records will provide valuable information such as how long it typically takes specific employers to respond. If you know you’re searching for work in an industry that typically offers employment four months after the original application, you’ll have a greater ability to navigate and plan your finances during a time of reduced or no income.
Lastly, tracking your applications will also show you if certain types of employers are more receptive to your resume than others. For instance, you may notice a trend that large, publicly traded companies never offer you an interview; that could be an indication that your resume is not standing out to that type of employer.
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Jessica Holbrook Hernandez is an expert resume writer, career and personal branding strategist, author, speaker and President/CEO of Great Resumes Fast. She creates high-impact, best-in-class, resumes and cover letters that transform job searches into interviews and ultimately job offers. For more information about professional resume writing or to read more career and job search related articles visit Great Resumes Fast or call 1.800.991.5187.