​​​​​​​​Tips for Job Seekers​



​“If opportunity doesn't knock, then build a door."

Milton Berle

Job Search

Update your resume

  • Make sure you add information about current job (duties, accomplishments & new skills)

  • ​​​When applying for a job, make sure your resume includes specific information that is mentioned in the job listing (key words)

  • ​​Include years of experience, list computer programs/software by specific name and share soft skills

  • Keep resume concise

  • ​​Revise summary/passion ​statement

  • Post revised resume on select job boards*


Inform your network that you ar​e seeking a new job. Friends and associates can aid you by forwarding job leads and down the line serving as references.

​Update LinkedIn​ Profile - Make sure it accurately​ reflects your professional experience. Potential employers may search the Internet looking to learn more about candidates. A common place that they visit is LinkedIn.

Consider working with a recruiter

  • ​​Avoid paying recruiters, instead work with recruiters that are paid by the hiring company

    • ​​For example, New Planner Recruiting, LLC​ is a firm that ​partners with financial services employers to secure talent to fill open professional positions  ​

Application Process

  • Create a cover letter that complements and leverages your resume
    • Avoid using a generic cover letter

    • Highlight your successes, accomplishments and examples of your leadership

    • Make sure your cover letter and resume highlight requirements listed in the job's post

  • Cover letter should be concise an no more than one page

  • Remember to proof both your resume and cover letter 

  • When possible, submit resume and cover letter​ as PDFs to ensure formatting won't be lost

  • Follow instructions posted in job listing

    • How to apply (email, online, etc.)

    • Provide salary requirements

    • Furnish GPA

      • GPA (Sometimes required for students and recent graduates)

    • Give references​

    • Apply by deadline


  • Prep in advance

    • ​Conduct additional research on the company

    • Take notes on how you will be able to support existing projects, initiatives, partners and clients

    • Write down questions for the employer

  • Wear a​appropriate attire (business/business casual)

  • Prompt arrival

  • Bring a copy of your resume for you reference and an extra copy for the interviewee(s)

  • Ask for the business card of the person(s) interviewing you

    • ​Within 24 hours, send the interviewer(s) a thank you card or email and once again highlight why you are a good fit for the company


​* Posting resume on generic job boards will result with you getting unsolicited​ emails from random and often questionable company representatives.​​