Looking for work – create a job search checklist

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During a job search, many job seekers overlook important steps during the process.  For this reason, I have created a convenient job search checklist for job seekers below.  Making a job search check list is like making a grocery shopping list.  By making a list, you are a more efficient and you won’t forget anything along the way.  Well, the same reasoning applies to “job shopping”.  So if you are currently in the market looking for work, take a look at the list to see if you have missed anything important.

Remember that an intelligent job search is beyond firing out a few resumes in response to online job sites.  It is a well-thought out and executed plan.


  • Decide what types of positions 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.


  • Attend a workshop; use book and/or internet services to help with resumes and cover letter writing.
  • Use the handouts on writing resume and cover letters to assist you.
  • 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.


  • Networking is very important. Let people you know that you are looking for a job, especially if you know someone that works in the field in which you are interested in.
  • 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


  • 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.

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