Career Readiness Checklist

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   Use this checklist for choosing and affirming a career path and preparing for your job search.  Print check-list (PDF)


I have considered what is important to me in my career and life.

I understand the need for self-reflection because I realize I am my own best resource in the career and life planning process.

I have identified my strongest abilities and skills.

I am aware of my weaknesses.

I have identified the personal values that define the ways I find purpose and meaning.

I have identified my interests.

 I can describe my preferred work environment.

I have thought about the type of lifestyle I want.

I can articulate experiences and achievements that clarify a pattern of interests and abilities that are relevant to my career.

I have a personal definition of success.

Knowledge of Employers and Careers

I have focused my career choices and researched these fields using a variety of current career/employer information.

I have conducted an informational interview with at least one person in each of the career fields I am considering.

I have sought the wisdom of those I trust to provide input on my career aspirations.

I have decided on a career field and have declared a major that is complementary.

I have started to develop a broad list of job titles to research.

I have developed a well-defined career objective that focuses my job search on particular organizations/employers.

I have participated in internships, extra-curricular, or volunteer activities that relate to my chosen career.

I have crafted a career plan to support me in reaching my goal.

Knowledge of Job Search Strategies

I can answer an employer's question, "Why should I hire you?" with hard evidence.

I know how to network effectively.

I have asked individuals to serve as professional references.

I have taken advantage of the Career Services Center's resources.

I have written an effective résumé and cover letter and asked for expert feedback.

I have established a professional online presence through LinkedIn and other social media.

I know where to search for jobs targeted to my specific field of interest.

I have prepared for job interviews by completing a mock interview.

I know how to follow up after a job interview.

I know how to write a thank you letter.

I know how to negotiate a job offer.