Note: This document is a work in progress. You can help improve it.

How to Actively Look for a Job

Applying for jobs can be a full-time job by itself. Here is a checklist that will help you feel prepared as you get ready to start applying.


  • Professional Headshot
  • Headline
  • Description
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Volunteer Experience - optional
  • Skills & Endorsements
  • Accomplishments
  • Recommendations
    • Coworkers/Supervisors
    • Classmates
  • Interests
    • Companies you are interested in
  • Personalized URL


  • Contact Info
    • Phone
    • Email
    • LinkedIn
    • GitHub
    • Portfolio
  • Skills
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Reviewed by two people


  • Contact Info
    • Phone
    • Email
    • LinkedIn
    • GitHub
  • 3 -5 projects
  • Responsive design
  • Bio section
  • Reviewed by two people


  • Practice by adding a card for your dream job
  • Move card to Ready for Rec
  • Tag @katherinesdg
    • KT will comment to verify it has the information needed

Applying for Jobs

Push to Github 3-5 days a week, stay active!
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
Trello - track each job as an individual card
  • Must have info:
    • Company - job title
    • Description
      • Company website link
      • Location
      • Job Link
    • Attach wording for Cover Letter (or Google doc link)
    • Attach copy the Resume you sent (or Google doc link)
    • Comment saying how you applied
    • Comment telling us who your contact is and how to reach them (If applicable)
    • Incomplete cards will cause delays in recommendations
One Week After Applying - No Interview Scheduled/ No Response
  • Move the card for the position to Ready for Rec
  • Ping Katherine in Trello asking for a recommendation
  • Incomplete cards will cause delays in recommendations
1st Interview
  • Gather information on next steps:
    • Find out email and contact for when you want a rec sent
    • Find out hiring timeline
      • If the company is moving fast to hire:
        • Ping Katherine for rec immediately and let her know it needs to be sent ASAP
      • If the company will be waiting for a few weeks to make a decision:
        • Ping Katherine and let her know it does not need to be sent for about a week
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 asking if they would be willing to provide feedback
  • Relate back to something that you learned in the interview
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