Job search - data collection

I’ve begun my job hunt and I thought it would be a good idea to record my application process as I go. But what data should I collect that could be useful to others while being easy to record.

Here’s what I have so far

  • Company name
  • Date I applied
  • Application portal (zipRecruiter, GlassDoor, Compnay Site, direct email etc…)
  • Application view date
  • Response date (if they respond)
  • Cover letter word count
  • Email (if I applied by directly emailing them)
  • Recipient position (if I directly emailed an individual, what is their position in the company)
  • Email word count

I’ve been doing this so far in an excel spread sheet (SQL)

Sounds like a good plan. I don’t think word count for your letter and email is relevant though. It’s quality, not number of words. What you say in your letter is of interest. After company name, a brief one-line description of the company would be useful, as well as the position you applied for. Good luck in your job search!