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Career Services To-Do List For Getting A Job

To-Do List For Getting A Job

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Check Off Each Step As You Complete It


Getting Started
_____  Set regular hours for my job search
_____  Made a schedule for the week and stuck to it
_____  Set up a record-keeping system


 Self-assessment
_____  Took MyPlan
_____  Met with a career counselor to review the results
_____  Took values and skills assessments
_____  Met with a career counselor to review the results
_____  Made a list of my skills, abilities, strengths and weaknesses
_____  Made a list of my job, internship and involvement experience
_____  Researched different kinds of jobs MyPlan suggested


Focus on careers that fit you
_____  Developed a top-10 list of careers of interest
_____  Conducted informational interviews
_____  Job shadowed in fields of interest
_____  Watched the video online, "Internships from Accounting to Zoology"
_____  Interned and volunteered in fields of interest
_____  Attended job fairs hosted by Career Services
_____  Made a list of skills employers in my field desire
_____  Made a plan to update my skills that are needed in my field


Important tools
_____  Made a list of important information I’ll need for job applications
_____  Attended a résumé workshop
_____  Wrote résumés that are targeted for each different job
_____  Wrote effective cover letters that are specific to the job to which I am applying
_____  Made a formal listing of 3-7 references
_____  Had my résumé, cover letter and references critiqued by Career Services
_____  Activated my BuffJobs Account and uploaded my résumé


Finding job openings
_____  Regularly utilized BuffJobs to search for employers and job openings
_____  Did the online job search workshop, “Fundamental Truths About The Job Search
_____  Did the online job search workshop, “6 Doable Steps
_____  Watched the 4 Hidden Job Market DVDs in Career Services
_____  Watched the Career Advisor Videos
_____  Asked faculty in my field about internship and job openings
_____  Asked friends and family members for job leads and names of other contacts
_____  Asked other people I know for job leads and names of other contacts.
_____  Joined professional associations related to my field and attended the meetings
_____  Joined civic organizations to strengthen my network and attended the meetings
_____  Utilized social networking sites such as LinkedIn
_____  Checked newspaper and online ads
_____  Contacted employers directly
_____  Visited the career center regularly to use resources


Interviews
_____  Did the online interviewing workshop
_____  Thoroughly researched the company that I am interested in
_____  Prepared questions to ask the interviewer
_____  Practiced answering common interview questions
_____  Participated in mock interviews
_____  Practiced selling myself by emphasizing my skills and experience
_____  Participated in on-campus interviews hosted through Career Services
_____  Sent a follow-up thank you letter after each interview


Starting a job
_____  Considered whether the job offer is right for me
_____  Received written agreement (if I accepted)
_____  Made a plan to continue to make a good impression
_____  Resolved to continue strengthening my 8 Cornerstones of Success
_____  Resolved to make the most of my new job
_____  Made a plan to review my job goals regularly

Helpful Websites
           WTAMU Career Services
           Career Services’ BuffJobs
           CareerOneStop
           Occupational Outlook Handbook
           USA Jobs

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