Job Search Checklist

Preparation Phase

  • Prepare several versions (a different one for each position you are applying for).
  • Use plain text, standard fonts for all resumes to be imbedded in e-mails or attachments.
  • Show it to several people and get their suggestions.
  • Geographic preferences, salary, job type.
  • Categorize and prioritize your list (Your Network).
  • Categorize and prioritize your list (Your Target Companies)
  • Calls/messages sent, companies/people contacted, responses received, resumes sent, information received, meeting and phone call notes, interviews, thank you notes sent.
  • Set aside particular hours each day for job searching.
  • Brochure? List of projects? Paper versions? Electronic versions?
  • Hand them out at meetings, interviews, etc.
  • Job search plan of what you will do when, how many people you will contact, etc.
  • List of industry requirements compared to your list of capabilities.
  • Both professional and personal; use them as "advisors" for your job search.
  • Name, qualifications, capabilities, history, skills.
  • If you are going to need to leave your current job to pursue you new job, prepare a professional statement explaining why.
  • Different versions for different jobs, on both paper and electronic.
  • For inclusion in e-mails, job search internet sites, etc.
  • For job search and how-to resources, book, and articles.
  • Resume paper, stamps, envelopes, paperclips, a professional pen (that does not click).
  • Paper or electronic (whichever will keep you better organized).
  • To keep your records and materials orderly, space for computer, printer, etc.
  • Make sure it is a professional sounding e-mail account (school e-mail addresses are fine), create your e-signature.
  • Create a professional outgoing message.
  • Include your resume, projects (remember anyone may be able to see it).

Active Job Search Phase

Weekly Tasks to React to Immediately

Daily Tasks to React to Immediately