The following post is about my experiences of applying for positions and a few things that I have found handy.
In the early days of my Resettlement leave I wasn’t applying for too many jobs, just the ones that I really fancied or a random one that sounded interesting or a role that was a bit of a stab in the dark. So, as you can imagine it wasn’t too hard to keep a track of what I had on going. However, as the weeks progressed and I came closer to my discharge date I was applying for more and more jobs and was worried about losing track of my applications. Could you imagine being contacted for a position by an employer and not having a clue which role they were talking about?! Not the most impressive or professional way to start with a potential employer!
So, I decided I needed to be organised and made myself and excel spreadsheet with the details of all the jobs I was applying for. This information was collated from the initial job advertisement and the receipt of application email normally sent. My column headings were as follows:
- Job Title
- Recruiting Agency/Website
- Recruiter Contact Details
- Web Link to the Job (if applicable)
- Job Reference Number
- Salary or Hourly Rate
- Date of Application
- Current Status of Application
I filled this spreadsheet in religiously as I went along and even went as far as using colour for the status of the application. For example. Red Cells if it was longer than 6 weeks since application or I had a rejection letter/email, amber cells if I had just applied for the position and green cells if there was some interest from the employer. This made it then very easy to see where I was at with each individual application and also if the phone rang I could just hop on the computer and be completely happy with which position I was discussing and who I was discussing it with.
I also made a ‘Job Applications’ folder in my Professional email Inbox (you have made a separate professional email account right??) so that I could keep all my applications together. That way as I needed certain emails they were easily and quickly located and I wasn’t trawling through hundreds of emails to find them with an employer/recruiter hanging on the phone. And once that application was ‘redded out’ for whatever reason I could delete them.
I found that this system is simple and effective and it proved that it worked when I was called by a Recruitment Representative from Jet2 with regards to a position that I applied for BUT that is a different post all together!