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Chapter 20. Strategic Job Seeking > A Personal Preparedness Checklist

A Personal Preparedness Checklist

On a scale of 1 through 5 (1=Low; 5=High), code each of the statements below with the number that best reflects your job search readiness.

  ___ I have a positive attitude about marketing myself.
  ___ I have a strong support system for maintaining momentum.
  ___ I have a clear and realistic job objective.
  ___ I have an effective strategic resume.
  ___ I have a clear idea of how to write effective cover letters.
  ___ I have planning and record-keeping systems set up to maximize my efficiency.
  ___ I have a list of people I plan to consult for information and advice.
  ___ I have a list of employers I am interested in approaching.
  ___ I have at least basic company information on my target employers.
  ___ I have a good understanding of networking benefits and techniques.
  ___ I have a good knowledge of sources of job leads in my line of work.
  ___ I have a solid grasp of job interviewing methods and issues.
  ___ I have proficiency in communicating in job interviews.
  ___ I have several strong references who can respond to inquiries.
  ___ I have a solid grounding in salary negotiation techniques.
  ___ I have clear criteria for evaluating the merits of specific job offers.




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