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Paperwork is Key to the Job Search Process: Dot Your I's and Cross Your T's

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One of the first things you do in starting your job search is to make sure your paperwork is in order. When we think of the paperwork associated with your job search, we generally focus on the resume as the key document in the process. Although the resume is important and should represent you in a professional manner, it is not the only document that is vital to your job search. Your evaluations and your applications are equally important. If you self manage your placement file, you need to make sure that the copies you send or legible and if you use the services of your university’s career center, you need to make sure that you provide the correct address of the school districts.
Today, you will find many of the applications on the school districts website or in an email format. Many student teachers make the mistake of overlooking the application in the job search process. One mistake on the application can bring the job search to a complete halt. There are three things to keep in mind when completing the application. First, use a legible font if you complete the application online. If you are completing a paper copy of the application, you may type or it may be handwritten; depending on how legible your handwriting is. Also, do not cross or erase by marking through words if you are handwriting your application. Secondly, correct SPELLING is a must as it is on all of your paperwork. Finally, answer all questions! If it does not apply to you write NA (not applicable). Also, do not forget to sign your name! These suggestions may sound simple but these mistakes could be costly in your job search.

Tom Casey
Assistant Director,University Career Services
Texas Tech University

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