Complete items 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.

-- Wake up early to start looking for work.
-- Make a "to do" list of everything you'll do to look for a job.
-- Work hard all day to find a job.
-- Reward yourself (do a hobby or sport, visit friends, etc.)!

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, benefits, etc.
-- Be flexible when discussing salary (but don't sell yourself short).



Information from the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration