You're in the middle of a job search, when you get an email to schedule a job interview.

How do you react?

A woman saying,

You're excited! You finally got an interview!

A woman who looks confused asks,

You panic! What was this job again?

Avoid added stress by keeping a job search log to easily track the status and details of your job applications.

Create Master Log

Start a new spreadsheet on your computer in Excel or Google Sheets.

Add a new row for each job application, and add job details in columns.

A computer screen with a spreadsheet that reads,

Columns in master log

  • Date you applied

  • Application status

  • Job title

  • Company name

  • Company website

  • Contact name

  • Contact email

  • Contact phone number

  • Notes

Now you'll have an at-a-glance look at all your applications, their status, and where to find more details.

Organize Materials In Folders By Company

For each job application, use a folder labeled with the company name to organize all related materials to quickly find them when you're scheduling or preparing for an interview.

Materials in each job folder

Create Job Search Activity Log

Keep a detailed log of your daily job search activity using a digital spreadsheet, notebook or index cards. This will help you know how long it's been since your last contact and if it's time to follow up yet.

Daily activity to log

  • Emailed contact for referral

  • Applied for a job

  • Scheduled an interview

  • Completed an interview

  • Sent thank you email

  • Received offered

  • Received rejection

  • Notes

Include the date, time, company name, and contact information for each activity in your log. This will help you easily find everything you did on a given day or for a given job.

Take Action

Stay on top of your job search by staying organized.

Are you organized?


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