๐Ÿ’ฅAtomic Essays

Short-form lightly edited, lightly structured essays, written in 30 minutes.
Published on:
February 11, 2024

๐Ÿ’ผ The Pre-Job Search Checklist That Works

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A few years back, I taught IT classes helping students become A+ and Network+ certified. Part of the curriculum was helping students with job preparation. Fast forward, I now run a job board and community for Black womxn in tech.

Over time I created this checklist for myself, students, and others. This checklist was just one step in helping me climb the ladder in my career. Here's the short version:

๐Ÿ“ธ Take a professional photo with your phone

๐Ÿ“ง Create a professional email

๐Ÿ–Š Create a professional email signature using Hubspot's free email signature tool

๐Ÿฆ Create consistent social media links and handles

๐Ÿ” Google yourself in an incognito browser

๐Ÿงน Clean what YOU personally think might be job search disqualifications from the internet

๐Ÿ“‹ Create a portable one-pager job seeker profile for yourself including the next five steps...

๐Ÿงฑ Write down a list of your top 5 skills

๐Ÿ—‚ Write down the top 5 project contributions

๐Ÿฅ‡ One clear and defined career goal for the next 1-3 years

โœ๐Ÿพ Write a bio of who you are, what you do, your accomplishments in your field, and your goals from above

โ˜Ž๏ธ Make a list of your top 3-5 professional references

๐Ÿค Inform your references you are looking for work, and they may be in contact within x months, so they won't be surprised

โญ๏ธ Send your references your portable one-pager job seeker profile, so they don't have to ask you what to say and they can be caught up

๐Ÿ’ป Purchase a professional domain name, preferably your first and last name, and .com or .dev to be found easily

โŒจ๏ธ Create a 1-page website, don't spend more than 1 hour, keep it very simple

๐Ÿš€ Use the info from your one-pager as a baseline of info for your website created in the last step

๐Ÿ’ŒFor more, I personally share tips & career resources every week in my newsletters frauvis.com/newsletter

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