Get Job Search Ready in 14 Days

The ultimate checklist for launching your job search in just two weeks.

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Kimberli Lowe-MacAuley for FlexJobs
Kimberli Lowe-MacAuley for FlexJobs
April 20, 2024 at 10:7PM UTC
When you’ve decided it’s time to find a new job — whether it’s your first one after graduating or you’re making a career change—it can be daunting to figure out how to go about it.
Perhaps you know that you need a plan, but you’re overwhelmed with the idea of even beginning to job hunt. The idea of searching for open roles, sending out endless resumes, and staring at your email waiting for a response can be exhausting. And the job search hasn’t even started yet.
We’ve provided a handy checklist to ensure you have a less stressful job search. Dedicate time each day to complete a step on the checklist, and you’ll be ready to confidently begin your job search in just two weeks.

Job Search Checklist

Create a list of your requirements for a new job (minimum pay, health benefits, etc.) and nice-to-have bonuses (like flexible hours or a shorter commute).
Cross-reference that list you created with job descriptions. You might find roles you’d never considered.
Create a list of transferable skills that you’ll be able to highlight regardless of experience in a specific role.
Update your resume and cover letter so each has relevant terminology that can easily be tailored to each job.
Consider getting a resume review to ensure that it’s ready for applicant tracking systems.
Update your LinkedIn Profile with keywords and information that would appeal to recruiters for your new role.
Ensure your social media accounts are professional or set to private so they can’t be searched by recruiters.
Get in touch with your references. Ensure you have their current professional contact information.
Utilize your network to let everyone know you’re looking for a new job.
Start rehearsing answers to common interview questions, such as three words to describe yourself and why you left your previous role.
Schedule a career coaching session to polish your interview skills.
Start working on professional development and updating your certifications.
Start an organized list of companies and roles you’re interested in.
Create a schedule for daily job search activities going forward.

Dream Job: Check!

Now, you’re ready to begin looking for your dream role. After you’ve gotten your online profile and your resume ready, you can confidently start pursuing interesting and meaningful jobs. But don’t forget to schedule some downtime to keep yourself healthy during your upcoming job search.
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This article originally appeared in FlexJobs. FlexJobs is the leading career service specializing in flexible work, providing the largest database of vetted remote and flexible job listings. To support job seekers in all phases of their journey, FlexJobs offers a range of services including expert advice, job search events, and career coaching. FlexJobs also works with leading companies to recruit quality remote talent and optimize their remote and flexible workplace.

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