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Checklist for Beginning Your Job Hunt

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Looking for a new job is rarely a piece of cake. It takes a lot of time and effort, and if you aren’t having much success it can take a toll both mentally and emotionally. So, before you start applying for jobs it’s important to ensure you are prepared to give yourself the best chance. We’ve put together a checklist with a bit of information to help you get ready for your job hunt and put the odds in your favour of landing your dream role.

 

Update Your Resume and Cover Letter:

• Use relevant keywords
• Remove outdated resume items as you grow more senior and advanced in your career
• Tailor your resume for different positions you are applying for
• Write a compelling and relevant cover letter to the recruiter/hiring manager
• Ensure all the information on your resume is accurate
• Contact your references to let them know you are applying for new roles and have them on standby

 
LinkedIn and Seek Profiles:

• Ensure they are up to date with the latest upload of your resume and accurate information
• Portray yourself professionally, after all, these are professional networks
• Ask your colleagues to endorse you

 
Social Media / Online Reputation:

• Appropriate content only
• Privacy settings – what can a recruiter/hiring manager see?
• Google search your name beyond the first page of results. If there is anything negative, prepare to be asked about it and have an explanation for your interviewer
• Remember it’s not all about the downside, you can make your account more appealing to prospective hirers too

 

Interview Dress Code and Personal Presentation:

• Update your image – what can you do to appear more professional?
• Appropriate attire – suit, or smart casual, including footwear
• Personal presentation and hygiene

 
Do your research on potential companies:

• What are their policies?
• What is the company culture like?
• What benefits do they offer?
• What is the work-life balance like?

 
Prepare yourself for those common interview questions:

• Tough opened ended questions
• Prepare examples of previous situations and experience
• Write a career plan – it’s easier to answer your recruiter’s questions if you know where you are going

 

Prepare questions to ask in your first phone interview

Practice a mock interview with friends or family as many times as you need

Send a thank you note to your interviewer.

Decide your salary request and be prepared to negotiate