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What is a job search spreadsheet?

A job search spreadsheet or a job tracker spreadsheet is a master file of all relevant information related to your job hunt. It includes the jobs you are interested in, jobs you’ve already applied for, company names, contact information, interview schedules, people you’ve talked to, and even common interview questions that the hiring manager, recruiter, or prospective employer might ask.

A job search tracking spreadsheet allows you to monitor the status of every job application and stay on top of your job search.

How will a Job Tracker help your job search?

The job tracker spreadsheet stores all the information you need in your job hunt in one central place that is quick and easy to access. Here are the top three reasons why you need to use a job tracker for your job search.

  1. It saves you time and declutters your mind

With the job tracker spreadsheet, you no longer have to commit information to memory only to forget about it when you need it. You don’t need to go through emails and files to pull up a job-related detail you need. You have all that you need for your job search in one place. 

  1. It gives you peace of mind

You won’t miss out on any job application deadlines and interviews because you can easily access any information related to your job hunt in your job tracker.

  1. It maximizes your chances of landing your dream job

The spreadsheet helps you focus on the essentials. It frees up your time by streamlining your job search, so you can direct your extra time towards preparing for interviews, looking for more opportunities, and networking with people who could help you in your job search.

Creating your own job search tracking spreadsheet is simple and easy. You can use a Microsoft Excel sheet or use Google Sheets and just create a system that works for you. Here’s a free job search spreadsheet template we created for job seekers.

A typical sheet contains columns where you can add the following key information:

  • Company name
  • Job title
  • Pay
  • Link to the job posting
  • Location
  • Type of employment (whether full-time, part-time, remote, or hybrid)
  • Contact information
  • Date of application 
  • Offers received
  • File name of the resume you sent
  • Reference used
  • Interview Schedules
  • Whether or not you already submitted a follow-up email
  • Other important notes about the job

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