A career position is commonly a full-time, paid position in your field of interest after completing your degree. We have compiled a list of search strategies and resources for finding a career position.
There’s more to job hunting than sending out resumes and cover letters. To assess whether you are “ready to launch a job search,” check all the statements below that you have accomplished.
If you aren't sure how to accomplish some of these tasks, see an ICC advisor for help.
Job Search To-do List
- Identified my strongest skills and abilities
- Know and can articulate my best accomplishments
- Have identified my interests and how they fit into my career goals
- Know what I need to do to excel at a job
- Understand my values and priorities
- Have an achievable career objective
- Understand what skills employers are seeking
- Identified what skills I have to offer employers
- Can clearly state to employers what I do well and enjoy doing
- Have support (family, friends, and mentors) for the job/career I want
- Know how to use the internet to research occupations and employers
- Can identify potential employers that I want to contact
- Know how to do an informational interview
- Know what to do at an Internship and Career Fair
- Have developed a network of people that I can contact for referrals and job leads
- Know how to market my internship and/or community service experience
- Have secured at least three people to serve as references
- Have cleaned up my social networking websites such as Facebook, etc.
- Have prepared a resume and cover letter template and had them critiqued by the ICC
- Have a strategy to deal with my weaknesses and liabilities
- Have prepared potential answers to behavioral interview questions
- Have secured appropriate interview clothes
- Can follow up on job interviews
- Have a strategy on how to negotiate salary and benefits
Adapted from Job Search and Career Checklists 101 Proven Time-Saving Checklists to Organize and Plan Your Career Search, JIST Works, 2005. pg. 86-87.