What should you be tracking in your job search? There are three things that I think you should be tracking during the job search that will make your life and your job search a lot easier.
The first I recommend is the people that you want to stay in touch with –their contact information– because I do believe there needs to be a follow-up process. Even if you are sure that they are going to call you next week, life happens. As we are still in the middle of a pandemic two years later, emergencies occur and so people might drop the ball. But even in that case you want to build relationships and not just treat this as a transaction, since that will be both an investment in your future and in that person. That is why you should keep track of people’s contact information so that you can follow up.
Something else that you want to keep track of is the interview stages that you are involved with when it comes to a company. Now, some traditional stages usually happen in an interview, like the recruiter screen and afterward talking to the hiring manager. There are going to be some skills such as assessment, presentation, and whiteboarding, depending if you are in the tech industry or not. Then comes a final round where you meet the team. Usually, that is onsite. However, regardless of all the stages that a company might put into the hiring process if you keep track of the stage that you are in, you will know on which skills you will need to work.
Things may keep stalling out at a certain level. For example, I worked with somebody who kept getting to the final offer stage, which was super exciting. One is expecting it, the offer I mean. But it did not go according to plan. So what we ended up doing was figuring out, okay, there is something about that final impression that is not working. We need to close that deal. What do we need to work on? We started role-playing and doing mock interviews and figuring out it was a little bit of messaging and a little bit of confidence. Once we figured that out, we could get his messaging together to nail that final interview. And he sure enough got that offer.
Another thing that you would want to keep track of in the job search is the actual job description. Some nice job boards help you by keeping the job up even after the employer has taken that announcement down, meaning no longer selecting applications. I have seen that happen on LinkedIn. I have seen it happen on Indeed. It is very nice to have that link for you to open it up and still see the job description. But if you are not sure of the job board that you have been applying through will do that for you, save it off, print it off as a PDF, or have it in your files somewhere, because there is no worse feeling than when you get the callback and you are super excited about the interview but you cannot find that job description anywhere. Some people will copy and paste. I like to work from a PDF, but whatever you do, make sure that you save that information to better prepare for interviews.