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How to Actively Look for a Job


Applying for jobs can be a full-time job by itself. Here is a 12 step process that will help you feel prepared as you get ready to start applying for your first or next position.


Step 1: Update Your LinkedIn
  • Do you have a Professional Picture?
  • Did you update your Headline?
  • Does your Description sell you?
  • Is your Experience up to date?
  • Is your Education correct?
  • Have you added any Volunteer Experience?
  • Do you have your Skills listed for endorsements?
  • Have you listed any projects under Accomplishments?
  • Do you have your Skills listed for endorsements?
  • Have you asked for Recommendations?
    • Reach out to Coworkers/Supervisors
    • Reach out to Classmates
  • Have you added Interests?
    • Add some of the companies you are interested in
  • Have you personalized your URL to remove the junk numbers at the end?
Step 2: Update Your Resume
  • Is your Contact Info up to date and working?
    • Phone
    • Email
    • LinkedIn
    • GitHub
    • Portfolio
  • Have you updated your Skills?
  • Is your Experience up to date?
  • Is your Education correct?
  • Has your Resume been reviewed by two people?
Step 3: Update Your Portfolio
  • Is your Contact Info up to date and working?
    • Phone
    • Email
    • LinkedIn
    • GitHub
  • Have you updated your Skills?
  • Have you displayed 3 - 5 projects?
  • Is your design responsive?
  • Has your Portfolio been reviewed by two people?
Step 4: Post your Resume on Job Boards
Step 5: Upload Resume to LinkedIn
Step 6: Sign up for job alerts via key sites, including Indeed, Dice and LinkedIn
Step 7: Download the LinkedIn app
Step 8: Reach out to recruiting/staffing companies
Step 9: Track your Applications
Step 10: Push to Github 3-5 days a week, stay active!
  • Employers, especially developers that interview you will want to see that you are actively building, learning, and developing
Step 11: Apply for 5 - 10 jobs per week
  • Research each company - find their narrative
  • Update Resume to highlight what you need for the position, if applicable
  • Write a Cover Letter
    • Include company narrative
    • Speak to why you would be an asset to them/ the position
    • Include a link to your portfolio
    • Close with what you hope the next step might be
    • Keep it relevant to the position/company
    • Don’t make it too long, you have about 7 seconds to catch them
    • Reviewed by two people or place in Slack #feedback-requests
    • FYI: Google docs will let you set up edit access that allows people to leave comments
Step 12: After You Apply
  • One Week After Applying - No Interview Scheduled/ No Response
  • 1st Interview
  • One Month after applying/ interviewing
    • Email to check in to see if the position is still open
    • Relate back to why you would be a great fit for the position/company
    • Relate back to something that you learned or were impressed by in the interview
  • If Denied
    • Send a follow-up email thanking them again for the opportunity
    • Ask if they would be willing to provide feedback
    • Relate back to something that you learned in the interview
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