One client, Rebecca, told me how she regretted not keeping detailed records in her job search.
She got calls after submitting her resume to positions, but had forgotten all about what jobs and companies she had applied to! Needless to say, she didn’t get any interviews this way, and all her efforts in sending out resumes to those companies were wasted.
Don’t let this happen to you.
Action Step: Write down the following every time you send out a resume:
- title of job you applied for,
- company name,
- name of person addressed in cover letter,
- source of job lead,
- date resume and cover letter were sent,
- date of your intended follow-up, and
- any other notes that will help you talk intelligently should that company call you for an interview.
You should also keep a copy of the classified ad or Internet job posting you applied to, if one is available. That way you’ll be able to discuss the job when you get called to interview.