- Previous/current employer info: dates, supervisor name, addresses, phone numbers
- Three professional references (past supervisors, past coworkers, those that can attest to your character and work ethic)
- List all skill sets/strengths within the workplace relevant the type of work you would like to do
- List of positive on the job performance review attributes (formal or informal)
- List of accomplishments, awards, recognition
- List any criminal infractions (charged with or convictions, misdemeanors and/or felonies) You will need dates and names of infractions.
- Education info: institution name, degrees, dates
- Training certifications: including institution names, date
2 . Prepare a resume and a cover letter
- Use an existing template (free templates can be found online and are ok to use)
- One page is ideally. Two pages maximum.
- Should have one resume for each type of different job role which highlights strengths and skills relevant for each
- For certain positions, a cover letter will be appropriate and is suggested for management or administrative positions.
- Cover letters can be kept and re-written/edited/tailored for each application. If you really want the job make sure your
cover letter is asking for that specific job.
3. Check your online personal profiles for professionalism
- Edit social media postings that could be seen as inappropriate for a business environment.
- Create an online profile using LinkedIn. This is like an online resume.
4. Take advantage of continuing education and training to broaden your skills
- Take free computer skills courses online with our education partner GFC Global.
- Investigate education funding through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
5. Set aside time for finding job announcements and applying for jobs
- Ideally daily – Monday thru Friday
- At least three hours a day – goal of 5 to 10 applications per week
- Each application can take between 20 & 45 minutes to complete
6. Only use trusted job search engines such as Indeed or Glassdoor
- Use only one national job search engine as all tend to have the same announcements
- Don’t overlook staffing agencies as a helpful resource
- They often serve as hiring departments for many major companies
- Always ask for direct to hire or temp to hire roles
7. Spend more time applying for jobs and less time “looking”
- Avoid getting absorbed in the search! People often get “lost in internet space”
- Remember you cannot get hired if you haven't applied
- You should be able to find several leads within first 30 minutes of your search
8. Communicate professionally
- Every point of contact serves as an opportunity for you to be evaluated.
- Watch your speech on phone calls and in emails
- Be courteous and dressed nicely when applying in person
- Do NOT use an inappropriate email address (email@example.com)
- Be sure your voice mail set up and is not full. The greeting should be simple and polite.
- If you receive a call from an employer, do NOT answer unless you can spend at least 5 minutes speaking to them.
Do NOT answer if you are in a loud environment. Wait until after the kids band concert.
- Behave as if every call is from an employer and answer accordingly
9. Prepare for each interview
- Save job descriptions and review them thoroughly. Memorize responsibilities and performance expectations
- Research the company before you go. You should know what they do.
- Research popular interview questions for the type of career you would like
- Prepare written, bullet pointed answers for popular interview questions
- Practice answering the interview questions
- Write down your past achievements
- Practice explaining how your skills can positively impact outcomes in the workplace
10. Interview Tips
- Dress for success – a step above what is required of the role
- Be positive, smile, use an upbeat tone of voice, show enthusiasm
- Maintain eye contact
- If you're not understanding a question it is ok to ask, “Can you repeat the question please.”
- Use examples of past successes relevant to the skills needed for the job.
- Explain how your skills can positively impact outcomes in the workplace.
- At end of each interview, be sure to ask employer about:
- Opportunities for growth
- Get business card from person that interviewed you and thank employer them for consideration
- Follow-up within 48 hours with a "Thank You" email or even a hand-written card