Job Search Checklist
Step 1: Know yourself.
I know my strengths, skills, interests, and values.
I know the type(s) of job(s) I am seeking.
I know the requirements for the job(s) I am seeking.
I can relate my experience and background to the requirements of the job(s) I am seeking.
Step 2: Know where you want to work.
I have a list of target companies and/or industries where I want to work. (good resource - The Book of Lists)
I have done and continue to do research on my target companies/industries
I have determined the geographic location of where I want to work.
Step 3: Get ready for the search.
I have prepared my resume and cover letter(s) and have had them reviewed by a professional in my field or a staff member in Counseling and Career Services.
I have prepared a portfolio of work samples to highlight my experience, skills, and talent.
I have developed a list of job search resources that I will use on a regular basis, including the web pages of my target companies, general Internet search engines, classified employment ads, and HCC Job Connection, found at www.myinterfase.com/howardcc/student
I have developed my “30-second introduction” for calling employers.
I have prepared for interviews by practicing my responses to typical questions and/or doing a mock interview.
I have an interview suit that is appropriate for the field in which I plan to work.
I have a professional-sounding answering machine/voice mail message in case an employer calls.
I have a neutral/professional e-mail address to give to employers.
I have identified three professional references.
Step 4: Start searching.
I have a list of networking contacts
I have a weekly schedule for conducting job search activities, such as responding to want ads, checking Internet sites, keeping in touch with my networking contacts, and following up on leads.
I have a system for keeping track of my contacts, the jobs I have applied for and other job-search activities.
I have a calendar to keep track of my appointments.
I send thank you letters or e-mails to every person who interviews me.