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New Year Job Search Checklist

Thursday, January 3, 2013 9:01
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Your Reputation Precedes You…NetClarify Can Help! By Justin Allbright, NetClarify Intern

Whether you are looking for an internship to gain some work experience or graduation is months away and you are looking for a full-time gig, the following “checklist” will put you on the right track. 

Wish List

Make a list of all of the companies or organizations that would be ideal for you to obtain a coveted job or internship at. Build a long list of all potential opportunities, then organize the list and finally, prioritize the companies/organizations. Use company/organization websites, career resource office databases and your network to get information on specific job openings, internships or leadership development programs.

2013 checklistProfessional Resume

I know it’s been repeated over and over, but a well-thought-out and proofread resume is fundamental to your job search. Make one of your new year’s resolutions be to update and polish up that old resume you had to prepare for a class or for your last job interview. Your resume will be your main representation to get your foot in the door and will remain with the company/organization long after your interview. On that note, your online image is the other large representation of you when not in person; NetClarify has you covered in that department, start with our Sample Report to see just a small amount of potential risks.


It seems rather obvious but you need to make sure you have a well-fitting white dress shirt, get it cleaned and pressed while you’re at it. Try on all of your articles of professional dress to ensure they fit well and that they are clean. Some people overlook their wardrobe and they don’t look the part on interview day. Remember the old adage “dress for the job want, not the job you have.” You want to look like an executive even though you are interviewing for an entry-level position or internship.

Value Proposition

A value proposition, also known as an “elevator pitch,” is extremely important in today’s overcrowded and competitive job search environment. Come up with a quick thirty second to one minute blurb about what you have to offer to a company/organization. Think about your skills, academic background, and prior experiences that can add value in the role you are seeking. A prepared value proposition will serve you well in cover letters, e-mail follow-ups, interviews and networking events. Additionally, you will benefit by going through the exercise of making a value proposition because you may uncover ways to further polish your resume and you will perfect your “personal sales pitch.” After all, you will be selling yourself to the companies or organizations you are applying to.

I hope this checklist will get you started in the right direction in obtaining a job or internship in the New Year. Good luck in your upcoming job searches and have a happy and healthy new year!

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