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Some job searchers love them, but most consider an Application Summary a necessary evil.  All it takes is one call from a prospective employer who you don't recognize to convince you that you need better record-keeping. 

Note: Because they may be required to show their job search activity, some job searchers depend on their application summaries to support their unemployment reporting. 

What is an Application Summary?
It's a written record used to track the progress of job applications and need for followup activity.  It typically includes the job title, job description, date you applied, any materials you submitted, names and contact information, and comments. 

How can my Application Summary help me evaluate my job search progress?

An Application Summary is worth every minute you spend when a recruiter calls you "out of the blue" three months after you submitted an application! 

In reviewing your Application Summary you can identify which applications:
  • Require follow-up
  • Should be moved to the bottom of the list as "Inactive"
  • Produced the most interest from potential employers
Below is a sample Application Summary with many rows deleted to be able to show it on one page.  Note that entries are hyper-linked back to the original documents. Copy each job posting into a separate Word document and file it in a folder along with the cover letter and other documents related to that application. The job posting will disappear once the posting period is over, never to be recovered. Many of us had to learn this lesson the hard way!

It's especially important to hyper-link to the resume and other marketing materials that you used if you tend to use different resumes for different types of jobs.  You don't want to walk into the interview later with copies of a different resume!

 


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