Monitoring and tracking your job search from the outset is something a lot of people fail to do and can lead to a less successful career change. Knowing what roles you have applied to, which version of your CV was sent and what you listed as your expectations are just some of the key pieces of information you may need at a later date.
The difficulty however is that sometimes with certain types of applications (on-line, candidate manager etc.,) you don’t have access to the application after it is made, which can be problematic if there is a delay between submission and interview.
Further to this, the time it takes to move jobs can vary dramatically depending on a person’s circumstances. Some of the factors which dictate this are your desire to move, the level of demand for your skills, the number of suitable companies within your target location and the ability of the market to realise your expectations.
Tracking your search on a dedicated spreadsheet or document is an easy way to manage and stay on top of these delays. It can also help you re asses how you are approaching the market and monitor trends, activity and areas of demand over a period of time.
Your tracking tool also acts as a good reminder of when you need to follow up and is a good way of keeping more detailed information about salary rates for when you reach the negotiation phase.
For a more detailed overview of how to approach the market read our full guide.
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