Job Hunting Checklist: Summer Job Hunt Edition

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The sun is shining and the days are getting longer – summer is just around the corner!

If you’re planning on getting a summer gig, now is the time to buckle down and get started. Often, these job hunts can feel like a bit of a crapshoot, but with proper planning and an early start, you can increase your chances of getting a valuable work experience that you’ll love!

With that said, there’s a lot more to a good job hunt than tossing resumes at every business with a “Help Wanted” sign in the window. But don’t worry – we’ve put together a handy checklist so you can be sure no details slip through the cracks. Check it out!

Resume

For most job hunters, the resume is your very first impression with an employer – so you’ve got to make it count!

  • Customization – Did you customize your resume to reflect your experiences for the jobs you intend on applying for?
  • Formatting – Is your resume clean and easy to read? Are all your dates lined up with your experiences?
  • Font – Did you pick a professional-looking font (like Helvetica or Arial)?
  • Errors – Is all the information in your resume accurate? Are there any typos?
  • Contact info – Is your contact information clearly displayed at the top of your resume, without any errors?

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Submitting applications

If you’ve done any job hunting in the last decade or so, you’ll know that the vast majority of employers accept applications through email or an online portal. While this makes finding a job easy to do from home, there are some important things to watch for!

  • Job posting – Did you save a copy of the job posting for your records? (This is just in case you need to refer to it again!)
  • Document – Did you attach the correct resume?
  • Online forms – Did you read the questions carefully and answer them fully?
  • Salutation – If you’re emailing your resume to the Hiring Manager, did you greet them with the correct name?
  • Deadline – Did you check if the employer is still accepting applications for this position?
  • Special requests – Did you read the posting carefully and address all the employer’s requests (i.e. specifying your availability, etc.)?

Interview

If the application stage went off without a hitch, there’s a good chance you’ll be receiving an interview invitation! Now’s not the time to slip up – make sure you’re ready:

  • Research – Did you review the job posting and research the business?
  • Interviewer – Do you know your interviewer’s name(s) and who you’ll be meeting with?
  • Visualize – Imagine yourself working this job. Do you picture any significant challenges (i.e. long commute, long hours on your feet, etc.)? Is this a commitment you feel you can make?
  • Prepare questions – Did you prepare appropriate questions to ask at the end of the interview?
  • Prepare answers – Do you know what you’re looking for out of this job?
  • Presentation – Have you picked out a clean and appropriate outfit for the interview?
  • Documents – Have you packed a copy of your resume and any other requested documents for the interview?
  • Hiring timeline – Did you remember to ask your interviewer when they plan to have a decision made?

Post-interview

Now comes the tough part: waiting. You’ve put in the work, and now it’s out of your hands… or so you may think. Follow up is just as important as your initial impression!

  • Email – Did you send a thank-you email to your interviewer within 24 hours?
  • Check in – If the Hiring Manager hasn’t given you an update by the end of their estimated timeline, did you send a follow-up email?
  • Updates – If you’ve had something else come up (i.e. another job offer) have you informed the Hiring Manager as a courtesy?
  • Tone – With all of the above, did you remember to stay courteous at all times and show appreciation for their time and effort?

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