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Managing your applications

At TalentPool we recommend that you have 30+ live conversations ongoing during your job hunt. Although this may seem like an overstatement for some, if you follow this guideline then you'll definitely be on track to finding a job that's right for you.

So, unless you have a perfect memory, it's absolutely essential that you find an organised method of staying on top of your job search. You need to find a way to keep track of all your current or future applications to prevent any missed deadlines or date mix ups. It doesn't matter what method you choose to use as long as it's something that you'll use regularly and remember to update. You do not want to find yourself in a situation where you've double booked an interview or missed one altogether.

We've found that a simple spreadsheet is often the most effective way of tracking job applications. So, to make your life just a little bit easier, we've prepared this applications management tool template for you to use if you'd like to. N.B, the document is 'View Only' so you'll need to make a copy of it before you can get going. To do this go to the File menu and click 'Make a Copy...'.

However you decide to manage your applications, make sure that you're recording the following bit of information for each one:

  • Company name and a link to their web page.
  • Name and contact details of anybody you have been in contact with from the company.
  • Name of the position you're applying for.
  • URL to the application page.
  • Application deadline date.
  • Status of your application - have you submitted it?
  • Your next steps, actions or events - do you have an interview date? Have you been asked to get in touch on a particular date?
  • Links to any sites with useful reading material on the company/sector.
  • How appealing you find this opportunity and what you think your chances are of securing the job - this will be helpful when it gets down to chosing between opportunities or narrowing down your options.

We wish we could tell you that finding a job was really easy and didn't require that much time or effort, but if we did then unfortunately we'd be lying! If you make sure to go about your job hunt strategically and in an organised fashion, you'll avoid any additional stress or grief! If you're struggling to decide whether a position is right for you or not - give our free career decision tool a go. Just fill in all the fields per job opportunity and find out what your final score is!

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