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Your Job Interview Tool Kit—Don't Leave Home Without It!

Written By Jimmy Sweeney President of CareerJimmy and Author of the new, Job Interview "Secret"

Going golfing? Don't drive off without your clubs and balls.

Planting a garden? Don't hit the dirt without your shovel and hoe.

Getting ready to paint the house? Don't forget the paint can and brush.

It's a rare day that we show up for a job—whether paid or unpaid––without the tools we need to complete the work.

And yet, many people arrive at a job search interview without the second most important asset (after themselves), and that's the Job Interview Tool Kit.

So if you're getting ready for a job interview, don't leave home without it! The following is a checklist of everything you'll need.

  1. Social security card. This document will secure your identity, showing the hiring manager that you are who you said you are. It will also be necessary to have on file for your paychecks to be issued once you're hired.

  2. Current state driver's license or a government-issued identification card to show your legal status and that you can operate a motor vehicle.

  3. An up-to-date and detailed resume of past work experience—printed on clean white (not colored or decorative) paper. Include information about your education, training, former employment, specialties or expertise in your field. Forget part-time jobs when you were in college. If you don't have paid work experience yet, it's fine to mention that. Play up instead, your volunteer work or apprenticeship in a particular area.

  4. Job application. Complete all requested information correctly, clearly, and legibly. If possible, type rather than print.

  5. References from at least three credible individuals, including former employers, long-time personal friends, or others who know you well and can speak highly of your character and work ethic. Be sure to ask their permission ahead of time. Avoid using relatives––unless you worked for them.

  6. Transcripts. Some employers may require an official copy of your transcript of educational credits, course work, degrees, post-secondary classes, as well as any professional acknowledgment you received, such as an honorary degree or certification in a particular field.

Step up to the opportunity you've been waiting on—the interview you've planned for and established. Then give it your best shot by arriving on time, dressed for the occasion, and carrying your job interview "tool kit." You may be surprised to discover that you are better prepared than 90 percent of your competition. That could make the difference between the door of employment opening or closing.

Jimmy Sweeney is the president of CareerJimmy and author of the brand new "Secret Career Document" job landing system. Jimmy is also the author of several career related books and writes a monthly article titled, "Job Search Secrets."

Visit our friends at Job Interview "Secret" and discover Jimmy Sweeney's breakthrough strategy that will have you standing out from the competition like a Harvard graduate at a local job fair… DURING your next job interview.

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