This post contains proven tips I’ve been sharing with my mentees for the last few years and is dedicated to all of you who will be soon/are currently looking for a new job.
I decided to gather all my articles related to job search preparation in one place to make it easier for you – just follow below checklist. Happy job hunting!
1. Prepare portofilio/ personal website
This is especially recommended for those starting their career in tech as you can showcase your skills and the most important project(s) you’ve done so far.
You can have a personal website where you include a portfolio and/or a separate website for presenting your projects.
Benefits of using GitHub?
You track your progress, have everything documented in one place, and can use it as your portfolio when applying for jobs (or reaching out to Recruiters directly).
Pro Tip: remember that GitHub is not only for Software Engineers!
Pro Tip 2: Recruiters are often searching for candidates on GitHub so have your profile there if you don’t want to miss your chance of being contacted with a job offer!
2. Update your LinkedIn profile
You have probably heard it already thousands of times: it’s important to have an updated LinkedIn profile.
Not only it helps you to look professional and improves your credibility but also increases your chances of being approached by Recruiters/Sourcers/Managers directly (which means you won’t need to actually look for a job – job will find you).
This is why before every job search you should first spend some time polishing it.
I’ve seen many posts from job seekers who claim that LinkedIn isn’t working for them. The majority have almost no information on their profiles! Recruiters are not magicians and won’t be able to find you on LinkedIn if your profile is not updated.
3. Write CV / resume
One of the most important aspects of a job search – writing your CV.
You’ll be using it for applying to a company directly, including on your website or/and add to your LinkedIn profile.
Not sure how to write it? Looking for additional input?
4. Looking for a job
Once you’ve your portfolio, updated Linkedin, and prepared CV you’re ready to start looking for a job.
But how to do that? Where to start from?
Is sending your CV enough or there’s something more you can do to increase your chances of getting a job!
*** 5. Preparing for interviews ***
Congrats on being invited for the interviews! Exciting (and sometimes stressful) times are ahead of you.
Your interview preparation shouldn’t focus only on technical aspects (like coding).
Make sure to do additional research about the company you’ll be interviewing with, prepare a list of your questions and dedicate some time for your soft/professional skills.
Thanks for reading & have a nice day,
2 thoughts on “Job search preparation checklist”
So much informative and helpful to get a job.
Hi Kamrul, thank you so much for your kind words. I’m really glad to hear you did enjoy reading my article! Hope the tips would be useful for you🙂