The following spreadsheet is a free downloadable MS Excel file for tracking your job search activity as well as building a list of target employers.

Tracking your job search activity is the key to running an orderly and thorough job search campaign. This means recording your job search activity including jobs applied to, interviews attended, and job offers received.

Building a list of target employers means identifying organizations based on company size, industry, location, culture, and more. Rather than passively responding to job ads – you’re proactively seeking out companies.

Tracking Your Activity

  • Tracking your job search activity forces accountability. When you commit to applying to five new jobs per week, tracking activity keeps things honest.
  • Applying to jobs without properly tracking your activity puts you in a position to be caught off guard during initial phone screenings.
  • Following-up is an important aspect of the job search process and tracking your activity makes that easier.

Building a Target Employer List

  • Think about the type of employer you’d like to work for and start building a list of companies that meet your criteria. This includes factors like company size, industry, corporate culture, and more.
  • Most employers list ALL job openings on their company website. They only advertise some jobs on external sites like Indeed and Monster. This is why skipping large job boards and going directly to employer websites is the best way to see all active job listings with a given employer.
  • Conducting up-front research on a potential employer is critical. Prior to filling out a job application, you should do company research to ensure it checks enough of the boxes that you care about.

Researching Employers

  • Visiting a company’s website directly is one of the best ways to learn about an employer, including their mission statement, values, corporate social responsibility, and workplace culture.
  • Sites like Glassdoor, Career Bliss, ComparablyCraft, and Vault are useful for researching employers.
  • LinkedIn’s company directory is an extensive listing of company pages.

Finding Careers Sites

Once you’ve identified companies you want to work for, simply search: {company name} + careers on Google to find the careers site for virtually any employer. This is the simplest way to find the employers full listing of jobs.

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In Conclusion

Think about the type of employer you’d like to work for and build a list of at least 50 companies that meet your criteria. Most employers list all publicly vacant jobs on their careers page. Whereas, only some are posted on an external job site like Indeed or Monster. You’re better off skipping these middlemen and going straight to the source.

Download the Job Search Tracker (MS Excel)