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Career search check list by BoomerTechnologyGroup.com

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Career search check list by BoomerTechnologyGroup.com

  1. 1. Career Search Check List by BoomerTechGroup.docx 1 Tasks Description 1 SELECT THREE JOB TITLES THAT MOST REFLECT YOUR CURRENT SKILLSET; UNDERSTAND THE SPECIFIC SKILLS NEEDED FOR EACH ROLE. YOU SHOULD HAVE THREE THINGS YOU CAN DO FOR ANY COMPANY IN YOUR DISCIPLINE. 2 RESEARCH THOSE JOB TITLES AND BE FAMILIAR WITH THE KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS OF THOSE JOB ROLES. BE ABLE TO TALK IN LENGTH ABOUT THESE TITLES AND HOW YOU ARE COMPETENT IN PERFORMING THESE ROLES. RESEARCH THE SALARY AND BENEFITS INFORMATION ON THESE TITLES BY REGION. UNDERSTAND THE CURRENT MARKET RATES FOR SALARIED AND HOURLY POSITIONS FOR JOB TITLES IN YOUR DISCIPLINE. 3 REVISE RESUME THROUGH A PROFESSIONAL RESUME WRITER: 3 VERSIONS (1-PAGE GENERIC, 1-PAGE JOB SPECIFIC, 2-PAGE FULL JOB HISTORY). ALTERNATIVELY CREATE MORE “JOB SPECIFIC RESUMES” AS NEEDED. 4 REVISE CUSTOM COVER LETTER THROUGH A PROFESSIONAL RESUME WRITER. MUST BE CUSTOM TO EVERY JOB. 5 REVISE REFERENCE CONTACT LIST: BE SURE CONTACTS ARE PREPARED TO TAKE CALLSE-MAILS ON YOUR BEHALF. 6 UPDATE LINKEDIN PROFILE TO REFLECT FULL JOB HISTORY OR GENERIC PROFILE. SHOULD MATCH YOUR PRIMARY RESUME. 7 UPDATE JOB PROFILES ON VARIOUS JOB SITES (MONSTER, CAREERBUILDER, INDEED, SIMPLYHIRED, GLASSDOOR.COM, DICE, SNAGAJOB, CAREER CIRCLE, ZIPRECRUITER). CONSIDER OTHER LOCAL JOB SEARCH WEBSITES AND/OR OTHER INDUSTRY JOB SITES. 8 RESEARCH COMPANIES THAT YOU MOST ADMIRE AND SEARCH OPEN POSITIONS AT EACH. TRACK YOUR APPLICATIONS IN A SPREADSHEET WITH DETAILS SUCH AS COMPANY, JOB#, DESCRIPTION, DATE, HR CONTACT 9 COMPILE A LIST OF 20 – 50 COMPANIES YOU HAVE INTEREST IN. CONCENTRATE YOUR EFFORTS ON THOSE COMPANIES. USE YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY TO RESEARCH TOP EMPLOYERS IN YOUR STATE/REGION, INDUSTRY, JOB TITLE, ETC. 10 LOCATE CONNECTIONS: LOOK FOR CONTACTS, COLLEAGUES, FRIEND OF A FRIEND, ASSOCIATES, SCHOOLMATES, FAMILY MEMBERS WHO HAVE CONTACTS AT YOUR PROSPECTS. TRACK THESE RELATIONSHIPS IN A SPREADSHEET. 11 CONTACT YOUR CONNECTIONS AT THESE COMPANIES AND NOTIFY THEM THAT YOU HAVE APPLIED OR PLAN TO APPLY. E- MAIL, PHONE CALLS, MEETING FOR COFFEE AND/OR LUNCH. CONTACT YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILIES AND ADVISED YOU NEED HELP. 12 APPLY TO EACH COMPANY ONLINE OR THROUGH U.S. POSTAL MAIL. KEEP TRACK OF WHICH RESUME TYPE YOU SENT. (GENERIC, JOB SPECIFIC OR HISTORICAL) 13 REQUEST JOB STATUS: 14 DAYS AFTER APPLYING CONTACT YOUR CONNECTIONS TO GET A STATUS ON THE JOB ROLES YOU APPLIED FOR. DO NOT BE AFRAID TO BE AGGRESSIVE AND CHECK BACK EVERY TWO WEEKS. (OUT OF SITE OUT OF MIND). 14 PRACTICE YOUR INTERVIEW TECHNIQUES WITH FAMILY MEMBERS AND/OR FRIENDS. LASTLY VIDEO RECORD AND REVIEW YOUR GOOD/BAD POINTS FOR INTERVIEWING. (DO THIS FOR EVERY INTERVIEW). BECOME WELL VERSED IN COMPANY’S LOGISTICS. (PRODUCTS AND SERVICES, HISTORY, LEADERSHIP, # OF EMPLOYEES, LOCATIONS, CULTURE, ETC.). 15 SEND A HAND-WRITTEN LETTER AND/OR E-MAIL THANKING INTERVIEWER & HR STAFF FOR THE INTERVIEW. KEEP IN CONTACT WITH HR STAFF MEMBER BI-WEEKLY. ASK FOR FEEDBACK IF YOU ARE NOT HIRED. 16 *OPTIONAL: MEET WITH HEAD HUNTERS AND/OR RECRUITING AGENCIES FOR FACE-TO-FACE MEETINGS. BE VERY PERSONABLE AND DRESS TO IMPRESS. BE SURE TO ALERT THEM YOU ARE FLEXIBLE AND WILLING TO STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE FOR THE RIGHT OPPORTUNITY. 17 *OPTIONAL: EXPLORE CONTRACTTEMPORARY ROLES MORE AGGRESSIVELY. APPLY FOR MORE ROLES THAT MAY APPEAR OUTSIDE OF YOUR AREA OF EXPERTISE. REMEMBER SOME JOB DESCRIPTIONS ARE NOT WELL WRITTEN. 18 *OPTIONAL: EXPAND YOUR JOB SEARCH TO OTHER REGIONS OF THE COUNTRY OR INTERNATIONAL OR 100% TRAVEL JOBS. 19 *OPTIONAL: NETWORK WITH LOCAL INDUSTRY EVENTS IN YOUR DISCIPLINE. JOIN SOME BUSINESS NETWORK CLUBS TO INCREASE YOUR EXPOSURE TO PEOPLE OUTSIDE OF YOUR CURRENT NETWORK OF FRIENDS. 20 *OPTIONAL: VOLUNTEER YOUR SKILLS TO CHARITIES AND NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS TO BUILD YOUR RESUME. 21 *OPTIONAL: LEARN NEW THINGS TO ADD TO YOUR RESUME. IT MAY BE FORMAL CLASSES THROUGH A LOCAL COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY AND/OR TECHNICAL COURSES. RESEARCH WHICH SKILLS WILL ADD THE MOST VALUE TO YOUR RESUME PER YOUR DISCIPLINE. 22 *OPTIONAL: GET A MENTOR AND/OR CAREER COACH. YOU MAY NEED TO BE MORE STRATEGIC IN HOW YOU IMPROVE YOURSELF FOR YOUR JOB SEARCH. MORE GUIDANCE AND HELP COULD NOT HURT. www.boomertechnologygroup.com

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