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Job Hunting Checklist

Finding a job can feel like a pretty daunting endeavor, especially at the beginning. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a job hunting checklist of everything you need to keep track of throughout the process? Hopefully this will help!

 

During the application process

  • Take relevant courses, attend lectures, network
  • Update your LinkedIn profile
  • Ensure every resume you send out is tailored to the job you’re applying for
  • Find the name of the hiring manager and use it in your cover letter
  • Include links to your online presence (online portfolio, blog etc.) on your resume
  • Send your resume as a PDF

 

Phone interview

  • Prepare to take the call in a quiet place. Be ready 10 minutes early
  • Print out any reference materials you might want to refer to
  • Set a professional tone. Answer with, “Hello this is – “
  • You don’t have body language cues. Ensure your voice is upbeat and energetic
  • Take the time to digest questions. Collect your thoughts before answering
  • Specifically tell the interviewer you are interested in the job
  • Thank the interviewer for their time
  • Send a follow-up thank you letter

 

In-person Interview

  • Print a couple of copies of your resume and cover letter and have them with you just in case
  • Research the company culture before-hand. Know what they’re like and try and get in sync with their attitude
  • Keep hair and makeup simple and professional
  • Make sure you arrive at least ten minutes early. (But don’t go overboard and show up more than half an hour before hand)
  • Treat every person you encounter with respect
  • Remember to turn off your phone
  • Use your research to break the ice. Mention something interesting you read about the company
  • Have questions at the ready that demonstrate your interest in the company and the position
  • Be aware of your body language. Sit up straight. Shoulders relaxed. Maintain eye contact. Smile
  • Discuss how your experiences relate to the job. Have stories/examples ready
  • Listen carefully. Ensure you are answering the questions they are asking
  • Express your interest in the job verbally
  • Thank the interviewer for their time
  • Send a thank you note. Hand written thank you notes are better. Reiterate your interest in the company and the job

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