JOB SEARCH CHECKLIST
1-3 on this checklist before starting your job search
Complete items 4-5 everyday of your job search
Complete items 6-9 when you have interviews
|1. IDENTIFY OCCUPATIONS||--
Make a background and experience list.
-- Review information on jobs.
-- Identify jobs that use your talents.
|2. IDENTIFY EMPLOYERS||--
Ask relatives, etc. to help you look for job openings.
-- Go to your State Employment Service Office for assistance.
-- Contact employers to get company and job information.
-- Utilize other sources to get job leads.
-- Obtain job announcements and descriptions.
|3. PREPARE MATERIALS||--
Write resumes (if needed). Use job announcements to "fit" your
skills with job requirements.
-- Write cover letters or letters of application.
-- Assemble a job search kit: pens, writing tablet, maps, public transportation guides, clean copies of resumes & applications, background and experience list, Social
Security Card, and picture ID.
-- Use the Talent Bank.
|4. PLAN YOUR TIME||
Wake up early to start looking for work.
|5. CONTACT EMPLOYERS||--
Call employers directly (even if they're not advertising openings).
Talk to the person who would supervise you if you were hired.
-- Go to companies to fill out applications.
-- Contact your friends and relatives to see if they know about any openings.
-- Use America's Job Bank on the Internet.
|6. PREPARE FOR INTERVIEWS||--
Learn about the company you're interviewing with.
-- Review job announcements to determine how your skills will help you do the job.
-- Assemble resumes, application forms, etc. (make sure everything is neat)
|7. GO TO INTERVIEWS||--
Dress right for the interview.
-- Go alone.
-- Be clean, concise, and positive.
-- Thank the interviewer.
|8. EVALUATE INTERVIEWS||--
Send a hand written thank you note to the interviewer within
24 hours of the interview.
-- Think about how you could improve the interview.
|9. TAKE TESTS||--
Find out about the test(s) you're taking.
-- Brush up on job skills.
-- Relax and be confident.
|10. ACCEPT THE JOB!||--
Understand job duties & expectations, work hours, salary,
-- Be flexible when discussing salary (but don't sell yourself short).
Information from the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration