- Resume. Develop a concise
description of your skills and qualifications that can be distributed by
mail and in person to companies, personal contacts, classified ads, and
- Stationery. Use high quality white or ivory paper and envelopes for your resume and cover letters. Always send a thank you note after an interview.
- Job Hunt Tracking Sheet. Keep track of the companies and people you approach during your job search. Include dates of contact and notes about the results of your first effort and any follow-up. Keep a copy of each cover letter you send. If you send a letter in response to an advertisement, tape the ad to your copy of the letter.
- A list of companies you wish to target.
- A memo pad and pencil kept by the telephone. Write notes as people contact you. Ask others in your household to leave the pad and pencil by the phone and to take careful messages when you’re out.
- Calendar/appointment book. Write the time of appointments
as well as your job search plans for the day.
- Scripts for telephone calls. Telephone calls to employers and networking calls to friends and contacts can make you nervous, so plan ahead! Write down some notes so you have an outline of what you want to say.
- Your answers to difficult interview questions. Why did you leave
your last job? What are your strengths and weaknesses? What would your
last supervisor say about you? Be prepared to answer tough questions like
- Several questions to ask the interviewer.
- Your list of accomplishments.
- List of references. Have three references ready (name, title/company, office address and phone number). Professional references are important and may be checked. Talk to people before listing them as references.
- A good dictionary/spelling dictionary. Nothing turns a reader off
faster than poor spelling and grammar. Compile a data sheet with everything you’ll need for a job application and make sure it’s correct.
- Sunday newspaper and online resources to look for job openings.
- Library card for all the resources to be found there.
- Job search outfits. Since first impressions are so important, consider your clothing carefully. Select clothes that are conservative and slightly better than what you’d wear on the job.
- A professional-sounding email address. Check your email daily.