Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Career Series: Staying Organized

Welcome back to part 2 of 4 of my career series! Today I want to talk about staying organized throughout the process. With tons of applications, stages of interviews, rejections, etc. it can be really hard to stay organized and know what you're looking at.

During my job search, I created one giant spreadsheet (well, technically two if you count pre-internship and post-internship) where I stayed organized. Hopefully, this technique will help you, too!

(And don't worry - this post is a lot shorter and a lot less rambly than last week's!)

I created a spreadsheet on Google Drive to keep track of everything. I made it viewable (but blacked out the companies) if you all want to see the real deal here.

After every single submitted job application, I added another row to the list! This helped me to track of the position, the company, the location, and any outcome.

Here's how I color coded it:

RED // Rejection. (Obviously.) Funnily enough, I'm still getting rejection emails from companies that I don't even remember applying to! Now that I have a job, one that I love, it's almost funny to look back and see how many I got rejected from! It really does all work out in the end.

ORANGE // Interviewing. Phone, Skype, or in-person.

LIGHT YELLOW // Application was viewed (but nothing else came of it).

LIGHT GREEN // Offer was presented, I declined. (!! This was exciting.)

GREEN // Offer was presented and I accepted! 

Everything not colored were the jobs I heard nothing back from. I can't stand that! I much prefer flat out rejection because then at least I knew something! 

How did you stay organized during your job search?


  1. That's a great way to track how it's going and stay organized. I need to use Google Docs more.

  2. I used basically the same exact method when I was job searching as well! It helped a lot to make sure I didn't apply to the same job twice because the number of jobs I was applying to was insane!

  3. Googleee docs are lifeeeee! I never thought to use a spreadsheet for job searching! So smart!

  4. Such a great idea! Glad it worked out for you!

  5. I am such a sucker for organization and color coding! I will have to try this!

  6. This is such an incredible way to stay organized! I love all of Google's tools. They're so handy!

  7. You are so organized! I need to develop some better organization systems with my work. I can't keep track of all the bits and pieces.

  8. I created a spreadsheet when I was searching for internships as well! It wasn't color coded though, so I might have to do that for my post-grad job!

    1. My intern application list was just on a piece of notebook paper - lol. I've done a complete 180!

  9. Google docs are pretty much the best thing ever! My GCal is color coded, but it's so not this organized lol.

  10. This is such a great method. I can never keep track of job description when I'm applying for new jobs

  11. Oh, I have a similar system - but I use Trello. I'm kind of jealous that you got to use that light green though, cause I definitely didn't!

  12. This is a smart system! I did something similar but didn't end up applying to as many jobs as I had planned. This would be smart for internships, too – so many to apply for, so many deadlines!

    xoxo, Paige


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