Like any other major project looking for a job requires time, planning and organisation. You need to take a structured and consistent approach because the job search process may take a while and it is easy to get discouraged and give up. We have put together our 6 step checklist to help you get organised and have the best chance of success.
6 Step Job Hunter Checklist
- Download all Useful Job Search Apps
There are so many job search apps it’s actually hard to tell which ones are useful or if any are worth paying money for. In our post – 4 Apps for Job Search Success we reviewed many of the apps available and determined the most useful were:
All of these are free except Namerick which currently costs $0.99. Download these apps and read our post – 4 Apps for Job Search Success to see how these 4 ‘must have’ apps will help your job search process.
- Clean Up & Optimise Your Social Profile
It takes Google a little while to pick up changes you make to your social assets so the sooner you clean them up the better. Ideally, all your social assets will be professional by the time you start applying for new roles. The key items on your to do list should be:
Google your name and all variations of it and identify any problem areas
Remove inappropriate photos and comments
Check your privacy settings
Ensure you have a professional email address
Join any relevant professional bodies
Optimise LinkedIn for the Job Search process (See Post – How to Optimise LinkedIn for Job Search)
You may find the following posts helpful if you are at all unsure how to go about cleaning up your profile. They go through a step by step process for every social asset. It’s very easy to follow.
- Prepare a Resume and Personal brand
Preparing a resume can be quite time consuming especially if you haven’t updated it in a while. First decide what format you will follow i.e chronological, skills based etc.. then you will need to
Ensure your resume will pass through all resume screening software
Create a digital version of your resume for employers who prefer that format
Remove all bad cliches from your resume
(see free eBook – 7 Cliches you must remove from your resume)
You may find the following FREE downloadable eBooks useful as you work through your resume.
- Reach Out to Your Network
While it may be uncomfortable, networking is one very effective way of finding out about new job opportunities. You need to take a deep breath, read our post on the many different ways to network and then:
Contact friends, family, past coworkers, university classmates etc..and let them know what kind of role you are looking for
Ask for people advice or thoughts , don’t ask for a job
Connect with your network on LinkedIn and start following industry groups and relevant companies
Follow job recruiters on LinkedIn
- Customise Your Cover Letters
You absolutely must customise each cover letter to suit the role you are applying for. This is basically a 4 step process that goes as follows:
Start out strong by clearly stating your interest in the role, the company and its products or services.
Clearly explain how you are qualified and what relevant experience you have that makes you perfect for the role
Establish how you will fit into the company and team culture
Proofread it and check spelling, grammar etc..
- Search for Key roles
Finding a job is a stressful job in itself so schedule some time each day or few days to search for relevant roles rather than applying for anything that sounds like it may vaguely suit you. Search everywhere like:
Online job sites
Company websites that you are interested in working for, they often advertise roles on their websites
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