I’ve been job searching for several months now, talked with countless companies, and had several interviews. It can be somewhat overwhelming to keep track of everyone I have met, contacted and interviewed. However, keeping organized during my job search has been vital to its success, so today I want to share one of the ways I do this. I have created a spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel that allows me to dedicate a row to each company I have contacted regarding employment. Even if I haven’t heard back from a company, I still keep track of how I applied, and who I contacted. Then, if I do hear back from them I can pull it up and have a little information about who I’m talking to.
Here are some of the columns I have to record information about companies I have talked to:
- Company name
- Company website – If an employer calls me I can pull up the spreadsheet, and can refer to the company’s website quickly and easily.
- How I applied to the company – Whether it’s through Tiger Recruiting Link (TRL), the careers page on their website, or through email.
- Contacts – I list all the contacts in the company I have talked to, and put in their emails and information from business cards I have collected.
- Interview dates – If I have interviewed with the company I make note of the date, in case I need to refer to it at a different time. Also, I write down any interview specifics that I think it’s important to remember in this column.
- Last time contacted – I keep track of the last time I spoke with the company. This helps if I haven’t heard from the company in a couple of weeks or so, I will realize it and make sure to follow up with them.
- Notes – For anything else I want to add about the company and my status with them.
Money Makin' Mitchler '10