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Job Application Checklist

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Job application checklist ideal for fresh graduates looking to get their career started

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  • Step 1

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    Make sure you are a match. Ask yourself the following questions:
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    1. Is this the right job for me?
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    2. Do I have all the required skills they are looking for?
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    3. Do I have the experience they require (if any)?
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    4. Am I qualified for the job?
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    5. Would I want to live or work in that area / country?
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    6. Am I within commutable distance of this job?
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  • Step 2

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    Prepare and customize your resume and cover letter
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    1. For those who need to develop their resume from scratch
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    2. More information on how to create your CV
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    3. Double check capitalization, punctuation and grammar
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    4. Check if your contact details are updated, correct and neatly written
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    5. Proofread everything before submitting your application
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  • Step 3

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    Submit your application
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    1. Make sure you sent it to the correct email address
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    2. Use a professional subject line and email address
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  • Step 4

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    Wait for their response or call
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  • Step 5

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    Follow-up
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    1. If an application deadline is listed, then follow up one week after that date
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    2. If you can’t find a deadline, send your follow-up note one week after your initial application
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    3. If the job listing states “no calls,” do not call to follow up
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    4. Respond within 24 hours to a company that contacts you
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    5. Check your spam folder settings
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  • Step 1

  • 1
    Make sure you are a match. Ask yourself the following questions:
  • 2
    1. Is this the right job for me?
  • 3
    2. Do I have all the required skills they are looking for?
  • 4
    3. Do I have the experience they require (if any)?
  • 5
    4. Am I qualified for the job?
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    5. Would I want to live or work in that area / country?
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    6. Am I within commutable distance of this job?
  • Step 2

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    Prepare and customize your resume and cover letter
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    1. For those who need to develop their resume from scratch
  • 10
    2. More information on how to create your CV
  • 11
    3. Double check capitalization, punctuation and grammar
  • 12
    4. Check if your contact details are updated, correct and neatly written
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    5. Proofread everything before submitting your application
  • Step 3

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    Submit your application
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    1. Make sure you sent it to the correct email address
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    2. Use a professional subject line and email address
  • Step 4

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    Wait for their response or call
  • Step 5

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    Follow-up
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    1. If an application deadline is listed, then follow up one week after that date
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    2. If you can’t find a deadline, send your follow-up note one week after your initial application
  • 21
    3. If the job listing states “no calls,” do not call to follow up
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    4. Respond within 24 hours to a company that contacts you
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    5. Check your spam folder settings
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