Job Seeker Checklist

What field(s) are you interested in?

  • Are you seeking a full-time or part-time   
  • schedule?
  • Remote or in-person obligation?
  • Are you open to contract work?

What compensation base are you looking for?

  • Factor in your desired base salary including additional costs, such as childcare, clothing, fuel, etc. If working from home, calculate the cost of a home computer, internet service cell phone.
  • Research salaries within your desired fields to know what others with similar experience and duties are requiring.

Craft or update your resume.

  • BEFORE: List out all volunteer activities, work experiences, awards, education certificates and degrees.
  • DURING: Decide which of the above are relevant to what you are applying for.
  • AFTER: Enlist a trusted person or organization to review the document for accuracy, grammar and effectiveness.

Start your job search.

Draft a cover letter adapted to the specific job description of what you are applying for.

  • Use keywords from the job description,
  • Explain gaps in your resume, and connect the dots from your qualifications to the desired position.

Create a professional email address for all communication.

Take stock of your social media accounts.

  • Are they professional?
  • Consider the privacy of your accounts because some hiring managers do research online.
  • If you haven’t already, create a LinkedIn account and ensure it matches the information on your resume.

Keep track of the jobs you apply for, where you found them, any notes that are relevant to your search and communication with the company.