When you start a new job search, it is important to keep track of the jobs you are applying for. Tracking the status of each application ensures you know when and how you applied, when to follow up, and helps you prepare for interviews if and when the time comes.

A job tracker is a useful tool that helps keep you organized and on top of things at every step of your search, from preparing your applications to preparing for your interviews, and everything in between.

Whether you prefer to use a spreadsheet, a project or task management tool, or a handwritten version, you should keep the following points in mind when making your personalized job tracker:

  • Name of the company
  • Name of the hiring manager/recruiter
  • Contact information
  • Job title
  • Salary/wage (if disclosed)
  • Link to the job position, and where the link was posted (LinkedIn, Indeed, the company’s website, etc.),
    Tip: It is often helpful to actually copy and paste the entire job description—you’ll want to have it to refer to if you get an interview, and sometimes by that point the original posting has already been removed
  • When you applied for the position
  • Materials submitted for the application (resume, cover letter, references, portfolios, etc.)
  • Location of the office
  • Closing date of the job posting, if any
  • Whether or not you have been contacted for any follow-up, or are still waiting on updates from recruiters or hiring managers
  • Any other materials required (references, portfolios, background checks, etc.)
  • Interview dates, if any
  • Offers received, if any

Ready to start tracking? Check out our Job Application Tracker Template (Google Sheet) to get started!