Career success

Three Useful Job Search Checklists

Job search | Checklist

1. Starting Out


Step 1: Know yourself.

____ I have identified my personal strengths, skills, interests, and values.

____ I have made a list of possible job titles/fields of interest.

____ I can name two or three careers/jobs I plan to pursue.


Step 2: Know where you want to work.

____ I have researched organizations or companies that might hire someone with my skills, interests, and background.

____ I have researched potential career fields: typical entry-level jobs, typical salaries, best geographic location for jobs, etc.

____ I have identified the top three geographic areas where I’d like to live and work.

____ I have identified 10 potential employers for the type of work I’m seeking.


Step 3: Getting ready for the job search.

____ I have had my resume and cover letter(s) reviewed by a professional in the field or a staff member in the Career Center.

____ I have prepared a portfolio or work samples to highlight my experiences, skills, and talent.

____ I have developed my “30-second speech for short encounters with employers.

____ I have analyzed my education and developed my “liberal arts story for employers.

____ I have identified three individuals who will serve as references.

____ I have developed my interview skills.

____ 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.


Step 4: Start searching for jobs

____ I regularly check online news resources etc. for career opportunities in my field.

____ I read and check the appropriate job-search web sites and resources for my field(s) of interest.

____ I have a system for keeping track of my applications, contacts, interviews, and other job-search activities.

____ I follow-up on every interesting job lead immediately.

____ I have developed a list of potential networking contacts and keep in touch with them.

____ I follow-up each application with a phone call or e-mail to the employer requesting.



2. Job Search Sheet (Goals)

The format: 


Job Search Activity Week 1 – Week2 – Week3 – Week4 – Week5 – Week6 – Week7 - Week8

Applied for job (name of org./s)

Prepared for an interview (mock)

Researched a company

Conducted an informational interview

Attended a networking event

Interviewed for a job

Tailored resume for a job

Sought help/advice from others

Helped others: Sent job leads to others/Stood referral for others

Communicated with a past company/colleague

Gave my business card and elevator speech to at least 10 new contacts

Worked on my industry blog


3. Job Search Sheet (Skills)

The format: Job position- Company- Skills required


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