Creating a Work Search Log
Next to the internet and your resume, the work search log is a very important job search tool. It is used to make daily notes on the positions you’ve applied for, new work contacts, scheduled job interviews, career fairs you’ve attended and other search-related events or details.
Unfortunately, most job seekers are unaware of how they can easily create their very own work search log to document their search efforts and gain quick access to this vital information. If you’ve never used a work search log, I can think of several ways that having a log can help you throughout your job search including:
- Preparing for job interviews
- Following up with potential employers in a timely manner
- Developing contacts for job networking purposes
- Analyzing your progress and areas for improvement
The best part is that you can easily put together a work search log in just a couple of steps! Here’s how you can get started.
- Choose your preferred method for keeping records. I’ve always liked having my work search notes neatly organized in a binder or planner where I can store business cards and copies of my resume, write down important appointment dates and make notes on my daily progress. You can also use a simple spiral notebook to keep track of your activities. You can even type the information into a Word document or Excel sheet-just make sure that it’s easy for you to access it. Hint: Outlook has excellent features that you can use to store this information.
- Divide the log into at least three separate sections. Make sure that your log includes a section for your calendar, daily activities log and contacts list. You can add more sections if you’d like, but try not to make it too complicated or overwhelming.
Now, you’re all set with your work search log and should be ready to put it to good use.
Using a Work Search Log
Now, I know that I’m not the only one that panics a little bit whenever a prospective employer calls to schedule a job interview or to ask me a few follow up questions about my resume. There is always that instant when I’m trying to remember the position I’ve applied for or what specific resume and cover letter I submitted. And time after time, my work search log has been the number one item that I reach for. All I have to do is look through the log to locate the date of my application or the name of the company and I have all the information that I need to proceed with confidence. In fact, my log is so detailed that a few employers have even commented on my good memory!