Why Keep a Log?
There are several reasons why it’s a good idea to keep track of the jobs you apply for when you’re searching for new employment.
If you are receiving unemployment compensation benefits, you will probably be required to demonstrate that you have made consistent efforts to locate gainful employment.
- Many job training programs can help if you allow them to monitor your attempts to find a job.
- More important than any other reason is your own need for organization. If you respond to ads that you’ve come across in the newspaper or online, it’s wise to maintain a log. That way if you apply to the same agency or company more than once, you’ll be aware of it before you show up for an interview.
You can download a thorough Excel job applicant tracking log template here. Once you’ve downloaded it, save it as an Excel template and call it Job Tracking Log.
When you begin a job search, open Excel. Go to File and then click New in the drop-down box. You should have access to your templates, but the location depends on what version of Excel is currently installed on your computer. You might see a list called “My templates" or you might have an option on the right-hand side of your screen for “templates on my computer." Save it by giving it a name that you will remember. If more than one person in your family needs to track job search efforts, each person can maintain his own file.
This job applicant tracking log template is actually more than an Excel spreadsheet—it’s a workbook. That means when you open the file, you can use several pages. Look at the tabs on the bottom of your screen and you’ll see pages for: Resumes Submitted, MapQuest Link, Networking Efforts, Job Search Websites, References, Thank You Letter, and Tax Deductions.