Career Readiness Checklist
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.