How to Prove that You are Looking for a Job

Have you considered applying for government assistance?  Have you been told that you need to provide evidence that you are looking for a job?  Here are some tips that will help you keep track of your job search progress:

Make a note of everywhere that you apply.  Create a log and keep track of every application that you submit.  Record the company name, the job title, the manager’s name and the date that you submitted the application.

Apply to companies that will give you a confirmation.   One benefit to applying to larger companies is that they send out confirmations in receipt of your application.  These confirmations are great to include when you are providing evidence of your job search.

Don’t forget about your informal job searching activities.   Considering that most successful job seekers find their positions through networking, you should not underestimate its importance.  If you meet someone at a party who tells you about a position in your field, make a note of it as a networking contact.  If you read an article about emerging trends in your industry, log it as labour market research.

Send out at least 20 applications each week.  To show that you are serious about your job search, you need to prove that you are actively  looking.  A good benchmark to aim for is at least five applications for each work day.

Once you get started, it is easy to maintain a log of your job search activities.  While you may start keeping the log because it is a requirement to receive government assistance, you will probably find that it helps you focus your job search and stay on track.

(Written by: Karen Bivand, Photo From:  Stuart Miles /





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