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Why it is important to keep track of your applications

You may be currently out of work and actively looking for a job, or you may be carefully seeking your next career move.  Either way, it’s likely you may have a number of applications lodged with a range of employers.

How are you keeping track?

It’s important to keep a record of your applications – this can be done on an Excel spreadsheet, a Word document, written in a book, it doesn’t matter.  The key is to knowing where you have applied, when you applied and what you applied for.  You also need to keep a note of any expression of interest you have lodged and when that might expire.

There is often a lag time between when you apply and when you may be contacted.  Typically, the contact comes out of the blue via a phone call and nothing looks worse than someone who has to ask ‘what did I apply for again?’!

Job search IS a job.  You can’t send off dozens of applications and expect that to be enough.  Think outside the box – network, and educate yourself on what is currently happening in your profession and target industry and what opportunities might present.  Be mindful how you behave in social settings and online.  For example, did you know that comment posts made on sites are not actually anonymous?  That if you were to make a derogatory comment against another person or an organisation, they can find out from the site you have posted on who you are and take action?  Whilst the current world of immediate communication has enormous benefit, it’s important to use such forums responsibly.  Employers are becoming very savvy in how they collect information about YOU, a potential employee.  Just like you do your own homework – either online or in speaking with people – about a potential organisation, they are doing the same about potential candidates.

And finally, ALWAYS answer your phone with “Hello, this is (your name)”.  It’s not appropriate for a recruiter to have to ask.  These minor, but important, actions will demonstrate professionalism and a genuine interest in the role you have applied for.