How to Organize Your Job Search in 3 Simple Steps

Whether you’re brand new to the job search process, or you’re in the midst of a super intense search that’s been going on for weeks, it helps to know that you’re not alone. In today’s job market, it’s not uncommon to submit multiple applications all at once. This can become confusing and time consuming to keep track of . If you’re looking for ways to simplify and organize your search, read below.

1. Create a job application spreadsheet

Use a program like Excel or Google Sheets to track your applications. Many job descriptions can look very similar, so it can help you avoid accidentally applying for the same job twice. Plus, you’ll have a way to track when and where you’re applying. While it’s up to you how detailed you want to get, consider adding the following columns:

  • Company Name
  • Job Title
  • Location
  • Link to Posting
  • Date You Applied
  • Application Summary – What You Submitted: Resume, Cover Letter, Writing Samples, etc.
  • Interview Date
  • Current Status

2. Set up Job Alerts

 Many job search websites including LinkedIn, Indeed and ZipRecuiter allow you to set up job alerts that match your interests. Typically, these notifications are delivered to you via email and allow you to track the status of your application.

Or download our app, ReserveAJob, which allows you to receive in-app notifications for jobs that match your wants and skills. Once you mark interest in an alert, one of our recruiters will reach out to you to discuss the position further.

3. Use a Calendar

Using a calendar, whether on your phone or in a planner, can help you keep track of interviews and allow you to block out time to apply for jobs. You can also set reminders to follow-up with hiring managers. If using a phone, consider using alarms and alerts to remind yourself of important deadlines and interview reminders. It can be comforting to know you won’t miss an important task simply because you weren’t organized.

After you implement these 3 easy tips, you will have a streamlined system to staying organized. As long as you remember to update your spreadsheet, job alerts and calendar, you will alleviate some of the stress that comes along with applying to jobs. What are you waiting for? Check our more job seeking tips on our blog or apply though The Reserves Network today!