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Checklist for Beginning Your Job Hunt

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  • Remove outdated resume items as you grow more senior and advanced in your career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

Now that you have your checklist and you're ready to begin your job hunt, you can check out our latest job opportunities here!