Job Hunter Toolkit: All The Resources You Need To Land Your Dream Job

By Kathy Morris - Dec. 20, 2020

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Job hunting can be a difficult, time consuming process. It takes the average job seeker 9 weeks and over 100 applications to get hired.

It is no wonder so many people get discouraged and settle for the first job they can get.

However, bringing your A+ game to every stage of the job hunting process will not just help you get a job quicker, it will help you get the job you actually want.

To help you along the way, we have tips, templates, and guidance for every part of the job search.

Toolkit And Resources

8 Steps Of Job Hunting

Step 1: Research job opportunities

Create profiles on leading job search engines, like and begin your research.

Zippia’s career maps can help you utilize your current skills and experience to get the job of your dreams.

This is the time to ask yourself questions like, “What am I good at?”, “What skills do I have?”, and “What type of work do I enjoy?”

You may have a good idea of what you don’t want in a job (particularly if you’re leaving a job you hated), but it is just as important to understand what you do want in your next job.

Step 2: Write Your Resume And Cover Letter

Job type you want
Full Time
Part Time

You will want to tweak your resume and cover letter based on the job listing you are applying to. However, starting out with a strong template is a good place to start.

  • Keep it short, concise and focused on your achievements
  • Pick references who will have positive things to say about you and your work ethic

Step 3: Apply for jobs
Now that you have done your research, start applying for jobs.

Remember, it can take more than 100 job applications to get a job. That means you want to shoot for at least 10 job applications a week, or about 2-3 a day.

Along the way, continue editing your resume and cover letter as needed, and researching the companies you are applying to.

Step 4: Networking

Connect with former colleagues, classmates, and other professional acquaintances using Linkedin and other social networking platforms.

Look into local or virtual career fairs, where you can get face time with potential employers.

Step 5: Prepare for interviews
Research the company, the position, and be ready to answer common job interview questions.

Step 6: Attend interviews
Show up on time, dressed appropriately, and show your interest in the job by asking questions.

Step 7: Follow ups

Complete our post-interview checklist to be sure you are doing your due diligence as an applicant:

  • Send a thank-you
  • Prep for an offer
  • Connect on LinkedIn
  • Ask for feedback if rejected
  • But most of all, keep job searching until you have a signed offer

Step 8: Getting a job offer

Congratulations, getting a job offer is, after all, the goal of job hunting.

Upon getting a job offer, you should be certain to clarify any questions about job expectations, benefits, or other details you are unclear about.

If the job offer is lower than you anticipated, don’t just sign the paper, now is the time to negotiate your salary.

Now Get To Job Hunting

You now have tools, advice, and examples to get you started on your job hunt.

While these can’t do the hard work of applying for you, they can shorten your job search and, best of all, help you get the job you actually want.

However, if your job search is taking longer than anticipated, don’t be discouraged. After all, while job hunting can be a numbers game, at the end of the day it only takes finding the right job for you.

Take the hassle out of your job search & get an offer faster
Kathy Morris


Kathy Morris

Kathy is the head of content at Zippia with a knack for engaging audiences. Prior to joining Zippia, Kathy worked at Gateway Blend growing audiences across diverse brands. She graduated from Troy University with a degree in Social Science Education.

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