Keeping Track of Job Applications

It is important that you keep a log of everything you do when it comes to applying for jobs. As you move through the process, this will prove invaluable to you, and it only takes a few minutes to set up the process.

What you need to do is to create a simple spreadsheet that contains the date you applied, the name of the company, the relevant contact name. Then have columns for CV and covering letter and tick when you've sent these all off.

Then you wait - and when you hear back you can write down the result. If you have an interview, then note down the time and date of the interview and the name of the person it is with (which you may not know until after the interview).

If you did not get through to interview, then you may not be able to get feedback on why this is; usually the rejection letter at that stage is generic.

If you don't hear back at all within a reasonable timeframe then you should call up and speak to the contact you wrote to, telling them when you applied and see if you can find out what has happened to your application. The information in your spreadsheet will make all this possible.

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