There are a number of artifacts to create and personalize for your job search.  In this article I identify and describe eleven artifacts useful as tools in a job search. There may be others —  this is a reasonably good representation. Future articles will explore each of these artifacts and their use in detail.


  • Profile(s)
    Your profile contains much of  summary information of your professional life. Some components may include a mission statement, a brief biography, selected job history, recommendations, demographic data and others.
  • Announcement of Availability
    The Announcement of Availability is designed to notify your network that you are in an active job search. This communication reminds your network of who you are and what you do, denoting specifc areas of focus for your search.
  • Status Update
    The Status Update reminds your network that you are still in a job search, let them know what stage you are in, and what help you need
  • Resume
    The purpose of the resume is to get you past any screening filters between you and the hiring manager, and hopefully land you an interview.
  • References
    References are contacts within your network who have agreed in advance to speak to prospective employers about their professional interaction with you. Most employers will ask for them.
  • Cover Letter Template
    A cover letter is submitted with a resume during the application process. It gives you an opportunity to market yourself, show a very high level of interest in a job and show how well you fit with the job posting.
  • Business Cards
    Business Cards serve several purposes, but they contain your basic contact information so people can get in touch with you.
  • Job Log
    The Job Log is your data collection/tracking mechanism for your job search. It will help you track your contacts (useful for unemployment reporting) and manage your calendar and task list.
  • 2 Minute Drill
    Your 2 minute drill is your networking introduction speech. When networking, have your business cards at the ready.
  • 30 Second Drill
    Your 30 second drill is your impromptu elevator speech, and is a shortened version of the 2 minute drill.  It’s useful for networking in those spur-of-the-moment, unexpected opportunities.
  • Leave Behinds
    Leave behinds consist of collateral material to give to anyone who interviews you. It may consist of a package of different items, such as a resume, cover letter, business card, letters of recommendation, references, a short article referencing something you’ve published that is relevant to the job or industry.

Having the right set of tools for the job will help you get the job of finding a job done. It’s much easier to create them and polish them up in advance than it is to create them on the fly. Part of your networking requests for help is to get others to review and provide constructive feedback on one or more artifacts.

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