Are You Prepared to Apply for New Job?

By Christy J. Clark, 1/7/2020

Are You Prepared to Apply for New Job?

Do You Have a Career Kit?

You never know when you might be in the job market.  Even though it is currently an employee market, it is always good to have a career kit available in case an opportunity arises or there is a change at your company. You will be able to respond quickly due to preparation.

What is a career kit exactly?  Basics include:

  1. List of job titles that interest you
  2. Current Resume
  3. Portfolio of your work if appropriate (perfect to show your achievements and letters of reference)
  4. LinkedIn Profile (best to keep this always up to date)
  5. Two interview outfits
  6. List of questions for interviewer (work/life balance, company culture, compensation, educational opportunities, etc.)
  7. List of places to look for a job (Glassdoor, Indeed, Career Builder, Zip Recruiter, etc.)
  8. List of companies you would like to work for
  9. List of people to network
  10. Stationary to print your resume on and to send thank you notes (yes, handwritten thank you notes are very much valued in today’s world)

Additionally, you may want to consider an assessment. Career assessments are tools that are designed to help individuals understand how a variety of personal attributes impact their potential success and satisfaction with different career options and work environments. There are a number of free assessments available online.

We spend the better part of our lives at work so we should enjoy working! If you are currently working and not happy or lack motivation to go to work, you may want to consider a career change. Before making a dramatic change consider an informational interview with someone in that career field, job shadowing someone or  part time/ temporary work to see if you would like to change career fields. This gives you the opportunity to experience it firsthand. Additionally consider taking a class in that career area.