Sometimes, it’s easy to overlook important items when searching for work. For this reason, we have created a convenient job search checklist for you below. Making a job search check list is like making a list when you go grocery shopping. By making a list, you are a more efficient job seeker and you wont forget anything. Well, the same reasoning applies to “job shopping”. So if you are currently looking for work, take a look at the list below to see if you have missed anything important.
Remember that Intelligent job search is beyond firing out a few resumes on the online job board. It is a well-thought out and executed plan.
The Job Search Check List
CLARIFY YOUR JOB TARGET
- Decide what type(s) of position(s) you want.
- Make a “To Do List” in order to outline your job search methods.
- Keep a list of all the companies you have contacted or plan on contacting (get contact information)
- Do some company research prior to applying (e.g. location, market, service, company culture etc.). Use the internet as a tool to check company websites.
- Select your preferred geographic location and starting salary.
WRITE YOUR RESUMÉ AND COVER LETTER
- Attend a workshop, use book and/or internet searches to help with resumes and cover letter writing
- Use the handouts on writing resume and cover letters to assist yo
- Hire a professional resume writer
- Have a friend, family member or other professional(s) look over and critique your resume and cover letter before sending it out
- Make sure the information on the resume and cover letter is correct and current
PREPARE FOR YOUR JOB SEARCH
- Networking is very important. Let people know that you are looking for a job, especially if you know someone that works in the field in which you are interested
- Join a professional association related to your field of interest. This is a good way to network.
- Use different methods of looking for the right job (e.g. Newspapers, internet job sites, notice boards and recruitment agencies)
- Send Unsolicited cover letter and resumes to targeted employers of interest.
- Use different methods of sending your resume and cover letter to companies of interest (e.g. In-person, fax, mail or e-mail)
- Keep extra copies (hard copies) of your resume at all time
- Purchase professional business attire for your interview.
- Make sure all your references are in current and aware
PREPARE FOR THE INTERVIEW
- Begin contacting potential employers with phone calls, visits, letters, and e-mail
- Start keeping records on employer contacts.
- Attend a workshop, read a book and/or use internet sites to help you prepare for an interview
- Gather as much information on the company as you can
- Set up a mock interview with friends, family members or hiring professionals. Use an audio and/or video recorder as coaching tools. Both are helpful ways to improve your interviewing skills.
- Hire a job interview coach
- Dress To Impress
- Pack case/portfolio for interview (extra resumes, references, work sample, pad/paper, company research and questions for the interviewee(s))
- Send thank you letters to organizations that interviewed you.
- Contact organizations again that interviewed you, if you have not heard from them after 5-10 business days