πŸ’₯Atomic Essays

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Published on:
July 2, 2022

πŸ’Ό The Pre-Job Search Checklist That Works

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:

πŸ“Έ Take a professional photo with your phone

πŸ“§ Create a professional email

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

🐦 Create consistent social media links and handles

πŸ” Google yourself in an incognito browser

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

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

🧱 Write down a list of your top 5 skills

πŸ—‚ Write down the top 5 project contributions

πŸ₯‡ One clear and defined career goal for the next 1-3 years

✍🏾 Write a bio of who you are, what you do, your accomplishments in your field, and your goals from above

☎️ Make a list of your top 3-5 professional references

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

⭐️ 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

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

⌨️ Create a 1-page website, don't spend more than 1 hour, keep it very simple

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

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