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Job Search Checklist

 

Conducting a job search can be overwhelming. The following information can be used to help you to successfully manage your job search.  Think of it as a checklist, keeping you on track.  Remember, a job search is not always a linear path, you may find yourself cycling through the process. 

DEVELOP EFFECTIVE TOOLS

  • Update your resume to highlight your newest skills and experiences and have it critiqued.
  • Write a cover letter, so it is ready to go when you find jobs of interest.
  • Create a portfolio to illustrate your abilities.

RESEARCH JOBS AND TARGET GEOGRAPHICALLY

  • Work with a career counselor to learn how to target specific organizations of interest.
  • Contact professional and trade associations for career and employment information and opportunities to network with professionals in your field.
  • Set up informational interviews with alumni (LUnet), acquaintances, referrals, etc.
  • Use directories in the Career Library to research organizations within your geographic preferences.

USE SEVERAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

PREPARE FOR INTERVIEWS

CREATE A PLAN

  • Identify key tasks and your time frame.
  • Develop a “routine” job search schedule and keep it.
  • Rejections will occur; treat them as learning experiences and move on.
  • Evaluate progress regularly; meet with a career counselor to revise your approach.

EVALUATE YOUR JOB OFFERS CAREFULLY

  • Know your worth; visit Career Services to research entry-level salaries in your field.
  • Consider the offer as a total package of salary and benefits.