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Your Job Hunting Checklist

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Simmons chapter.


1. Killer Resume

Your resume is going to be what defines you in the job application process. Make sure you fill it with relevant experience and all of your accomplishments. If you are looking to stand out, try designing your own resume

2. Unique and tailored cover letter

While your resume is the most important part of the job hunting process, it can be hard to let your personality shine through in a list of facts. Cover letters are the perfect way to demonstrate your interest and enthusiasm in the company and expand upon what’s already in your resume. Your resume proves you have experience; the cover letter proves you have the right mindset and work ethic to make positive contributions to the company. 

3. Utilize your connections

You’d be surprised just how many people secure jobs through connections. Keep in touch with professors and previous employers and never burn any bridges. You never know who people may know that will help elevate your career in a major way. Don’t be afraid to stay in contact and reach out when you need to.

4. Determine what kind of environment you want

Would you rather have long hours or a long commute? Do you like an open floor plan or does the idea of everyone seeing you do your work freak you out? Do your research into the companies you apply for to figure out if their culture is a good fit. The job description is only half the job. Knowing the values and work culture of the company will determine the overall experience if you land the job.

5. Become BFFs with LinkedIn

Have a dream company you’d love to work for? LinkedIn is the perfect place to get alerts for job postings. It also is a great way to keep up with your connections and see what they’re up to. Overall, it is a great resource and you can find lots of valuable information there.

6. Get that interview prep down

Messing up an interview is a nightmare. Before you interview, try searching questions the company might ask (Glassdoor will sometimes have companies’ specific interview questions) or just common interview questions that you may be asked and figure out your answers ahead of time. No one likes to be caught off guard in an interview. Doing this ensures you’ll be prepared. Pro tip: if you’re doing a phone interview, have a Word document open with all of your questions and answers so you don’t forget anything!

7. Be proactive

Don’t be afraid to reach out and follow up! You’re not being pushy—you’re being proactive. People typically don’t land their dream job/internship but sitting around. Send thank you notes immediately after the interview. Reach out to companies that haven’t posted their internship offerings yet. If you make the effort, odds are they’ll remember you.


Hopefully these tips will help you in an upcoming job or internship search! Happy hunting!

Julia Hansen is a senior at Simmons studying PR/Marketing Communications and English with minors in cinema, media arts, and graphic design. When not writing for Her Campus, she can be found reading every book she can find, retweeting photos of dogs and binge-watching Parks and Recreation on Netflix. Find her on IG @juliarosehansen