Graduates: Are You Career Ready?
The following checklist is designed to help you determine where you might need assistance in your job search.
1. What do you know about yourself?
_____ Can you identify your skills, including adaptive, transferable, and job-related skills?
_____ Can you describe your greatest strength(s)? Your greatest weakness(es)?
_____ Have you identified your workplace needs such as salary, geographic preference, etc?
_____ Can you list at least 5 responsibilities, and several contributions and accomplishments for each of your work experiences?
_____ Can you name the work activities you do well and enjoy?
____ Can you explain why you chose your major and what you gained from your education?
- What do you know about the world of work?
_____ Can you name at least three fields of employment in which you are interested?
_____ Can you name at least five types of employers that might hire a person with your background?
_____ Can you name at least five position titles that are appropriate for your interests and abilities?
_____ Can you describe the characteristics of the work environment in which you feel you would be happiest and most productive?
- Are you prepared to begin your job search?
_____ Can you name at least five employers you plan to contact regarding employment in the near future?
_____ Do you have all of your job search information together including employment history, education information (dates, supervisor names, addresses, past wages, etc.)?
____Do you have at least three letters of reference?
_____Do you have current information for at least three professional and three personal references including address, phone number, and email address?
_____ Have you prepared a working resume and cover letter? Have you had it critiqued?
_____ Do you know how to modify and adapt each resume for each job?
_____ Are you able to fill out job applications neatly, accurately, and completely?
_____ Are you prepared to enter an interview and answer all interview questions with confidence?
_____ Have you put together a system for developing and finding job leads?
Tracy Dula, COCC Career Services Coordinator is available to assist you with all aspects of your job search.
Call the CAP Center at 541-383-7200 today to schedule an appointment.
Also available: Effective Job Search Strategies class at COCC