If you’re doing the job search right then you’re networking like crazy and applying for more jobs than one — but how do you keep track of it all? It’s easy to completely forget about a position you applied for or forget why you reached out to a certain person to network. You don’t want to get caught like a deer in headlights when a phone call for an interview comes through. You don’t want to let a missed networking opportunity slip by especially when it often takes a few follow ups before you get a response. So what’s a job seeker to do? Here are our favorite organizational tips and tricks.
1. Google Sheets
Spreadsheets are perfect for job searching. Google Sheets is free and can be accessed from your phone or desktop. Create multiple tabs within a sheet for keeping track of companies and positions you’ve applied for, connections you’ve reached out to, and any follow-up conversations you’ve had.
This Gmail extension allows you to schedule when you’d like your email to be sent. That means if you’re job searching or networking late at night or on the weekends, you can choose a different time for your mail to be sent. Perhaps first thing Monday morning. Or during the afternoon slump mid-week. It’s your call.
This email app keeps track of whether or not your emails have been opened and whether or not the links within it have been clicked. No more wondering if that recruiter saw your message. You can also schedule emails with Sidekick, similar to Boomerang, and even send reminders to yourself.