System Consultant Job Change Checklist



Beginning the research phase of your job change is key to getting an accurate understanding of the current industry and job market. This research stage will include:

  • Finding out what skills and qualifications are needed for the positions you are interested in.
  • Researching potential employers.
  • Exploring available job positions.
  • Understanding industry trends.

Doing thorough research on your job change will ensure that you make a wise, informed decision.

Research the industry

Researching the industry is an important step in any job change process. This step helps to ensure that you make the best choice for yourself, both short-term and long-term. Taking the time to properly research the job market, available roles, and any potential opportunities will pay off in ensuring you find a job that’s successful for you.

To get started, it’s important to understand what industry needs exist where you’d like to work and what your specific skills can contribute. Make sure to use every resource available for research, including online resources like websites and social media networks which can help you narrow down your focus even further. Additionally, speaking with contacts already in the industry can help make sure your understanding of current trends and job openings is accurate.

Other factors should be considered when researching the industry of interest such as:

  • New market laws or regulations;
  • Business cycle timing;
  • Movements in key economic indicators;
  • Financial performance of major companies;
  • Technological advances or changes influencing current processes;
  • Outlooks from experts in the field; and
  • Much more.

Understanding larger trends impacting various sectors can provide insight as to how a system consultant role might differ from one company or environment to another. Additionally, determining financial health of firms within an industry may allow for comparison between opportunities being presented by various employers – this information could increase or decrease perceived value associated with a given position allowing for more informed decision-making when considering changes in career paths.

Research the company

Before you decide to submit an application, it’s important to research the company. Look into their core values, goals and any other program initiatives they have. This will help you determine if the job is the right fit for you. You should also investigate what it would be like to work for this employer, examining things like employee culture, environment and successes. Speaking to someone who currently works at the company can give you more insight on such aspects of the job as well. Collecting such information as pay range and benefits can also be useful when researching a potential employer.

Additionally, researching competitors or clients who work with this company may prove beneficial in understanding expectations of the job at hand. With a thorough understanding of what your potential employer offers, you can prepare accordingly when applying and interviewing for a new position.

Research the position

It’s important to thoroughly research the position you are considering and make sure it is the right fit for your skills, experience, and desired lifestyle. To get started on researching a new job opportunity:

  • Take time to review the job description and any additional information about the role provided by the employer.
  • Explore the website of the organization and review staff profiles, recent news or announcements, industry trends, customer reviews or feedback, and other relevant details.
  • Use professional networks such as LinkedIn to research current or past employees at your target company and assess their level of satisfaction with their employment.
  • Research labor market analysis data in your geographic area to compare salaries between employers so that you are aware of average wages paid in your field.
  • Inform yourself about recent changes within the industry that could affect both current and future trends in your career field.
  • Set up informational interviews with professionals who have expertise in a similar position so that you can ask honest questions about their experience in an unbiased setting.
  • Attend networking events such as conferences or workshops related to your target position so that you can gain insights from experts in person.

Prepare Your Resume

Your resume is the first, and perhaps most important, thing that recruiters and hiring managers will see when considering you for a job. It is essential that your resume accurately reflects your skills and experience, so it’s important to create an up-to-date, accurate, and informative resume.

Let’s look at the different steps you can take to make sure your resume is ready to go before your job search:

Update your resume

Creating an effective system consultant resume requires that you take several steps. System consulting requires a wide range of skills and experiences, so it’s important to present yourself as professionally as possible. Take the time to make sure that your resume reflects your background accurately, as well as highlighting any recent accomplishments or accolades in the field.

When preparing your resume, consider these steps:

  • Identify the areas of specialization in which you have expertise and highlight these elements in the Summary of Qualifications section.
  • Ensure accuracy by reviewing any information included on previous resumes.
  • Emphasize continuing education and professional growth achievements to demonstrate commitment to lifelong learning relevant to the field of system consulting.
  • Include current contact information such as phone number, address and email address at the top of the resume.
  • Present additional information such as languages spoken or expert affiliations at your discretion.
  • Use reverse chronological order (recent experiences first) for overall structure for maximum impact when presenting experience timeline.

Format your resume

Creating a well-formatted resume is an important step in any job search. Your resume should show your education, employment, volunteer and freelance experience to tell the story of your professional and personal development. Carefully select the experiences that best showcase your skillset and qualifications for your chosen position.

When creating or editing a resume, consider these key elements:

  • Formatting: Choose a font type and size that is easy to read, such as Arial or Times New Roman in 11- or 12-point size. Use bold text and bullet points to highlight specific items throughout the document that make it easier for employers to quickly find relevant information.
  • Layout: Decide on the arrangement of information on your resume, taking into consideration what you want employers to notice first when they look at it. You may also want to add sections such as “Objective” to explain briefly what position you are looking for or “Skills” with accompanying keywords related to the position you seek.
  • Length: Aim for one page maximum if you are an entry-level applicant; if you have more experience, two pages may part of the standard. Avoid any unnecessary details – employers may have limited time during their initial review of resumes; concise yet accurate language will help ensure yours makes an impact!

Tailor your resume

An effective resume will accurately reflect your qualifications, work experience, education, and capabilities while presenting the data in an organized format. By tailoring your resume to each potential employer, you can make a stronger case for yourself as a viable candidate. Here are a few tips on customizing your resume:

  • Choose an appropriate format: Depending on your background and experience you should generally either have a chronological or functional resume. A chronological one is best for those with consistent job experience and clear career progression. A functional resume is better suited to those with multiple roles or someone who has recently changed their career focus.
  • Highlight relevant skills: Any skills that are applicable to the job of interest should be highlighted prominently in both your objective statement and in the body of the text; this might include technical abilities, organizational abilities, communication abilities etc.
  • Show progression/experience: If you have steady job history within one industry then emphasise this; similarly if you have diverse experience across several industries mention this if it is applicable to the role at hand.
  • Maintain consistency: Make sure that everything lines up correctly so that chronologically things fit together; there should be no unexplained gaps in dates, overly large jumps about when switching jobs etc.
  • Keep it concise: Try to keep the length of your resume short and sweet (2 pages or less); include only specific details that show why you are suited for the position rather than summarizing every duty in detail from every past role and alignment with key results from each of these roles whenever possible.


If you’re considering a career change to become a system consultant, the success of your transition largely depends on the strength of your network. It’s important to be able to make connections with people in the industry and to have sources of references. Building the right network can go a long way in helping you find the right job opportunities.

Let’s take a look at how you can create a strong network as a system consultant:

Reach out to contacts

When you are considering a job change, reaching out to contacts you have made in the industry is a great way to start exploring your options. Whether it’s for advice, assistance with networking contacts or job opportunities, chances are someone will be able to help you.

Make sure that you prepare your contact list in advance. Take into account not only people who work from within companies (like HR personnel and recruiters) but also freelance contacts and other experts who could give helpful advice. Also consider people who have worked with you before or have knowledge on the specific area of work you are applying for.

Reaching out can be intimidating, but if done right it can also be lots of fun! Here are some tips on getting started:

  • Use social media to widen your reach – make sure that your profile reflects positively on yourself as a future employee
  • Introduce yourself when making contact – let people know why you are interested in the company
  • Listen carefully and respond promptly – this will show respect even if nothing comes from the contact noel; show interest and respect for what they have to offer
  • Follow up – don’t forget to thank them for their time and efforts even if nothing more is needed at this point
  • Make sure that someone else knows about each contact as well – recruiting other contacts may generate more opportunities than one

Attend job fairs

Job fairs can be a great way to find your next job, network with potential employers, and gain industry knowledge. It is important to consider the type of fair you attend. Some are geared for entry-level positions while others may be more appropriate for seasoned professionals.

When attending job fairs, make sure to do your research beforehand so that you can identify employers in attendance and prepare your resume with relevant information. During the fair, approach prospective employers by introducing yourself and mentioning how your experience makes you a good fit for the company’s needs.

You should also dress professionally, bring copies of your resume, demonstrate enthusiasm and confidence throughout conversations, follow up with each contact via email after the event ends, apply directly online to companies that interest you, and keep records of companies in which you have expressed interest. Finally, take advantage of any available networking opportunities as this can lead to career-changing contacts in the future.

Join online groups

Networking is a vital part of any career change, and joining online groups can help you tap into new contacts and spread the word about your background, experience and plans.

Social media such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter all have job boards where employers post positions. Use these networks to join professional groups related to your area of expertise, research positions in the industry, connect with current professionals in the field who can provide guidance and advice, and build a following of people who will be aware that you are seeking opportunities.

Also consider joining virtual communities such as forums or message boards geared towards specific industries or niches. Participate actively in these conversations by commenting on posts or having meaningful conversations with key community members. Your involvement may even lead to potential job leads!

Finally, don’t neglect traditional networking if you have contacts in an industry that interests you. Talk to them about what job openings might exist for someone with your skillset and experience.


Interviews can be a key part of your job search journey and it is important to have an understanding of what to expect. It is also beneficial to have a checklist of tools, techniques, and protocols that you can use to prepare.

This section will dive into the different types of interviews, the questions you should ask yourself, and the strategies you should use to make a good impression:

  • Different types of interviews
  • Questions to ask yourself
  • Strategies to make a good impression

Prepare for the interview

Interviews are one of the most important steps in seeking a new job as a system consultant. It’s important to be aware that many interviews take place over the phone, in person or through a series of online exchanges – all of which contain different requirements. In order to have the best opportunity, use this checklist to prepare for your next interview:

  • Research: Carefully review the company’s website, study job postings and become familiar with their technology or products if applicable. Understanding the corporate culture is also beneficial when preparing for an interview, such as noting their language and interviewing style (for example, video or phone).
  • Questions: Developing interesting questions prior to an interview can help demonstrate your enthusiasm and knowledge about a company and its goals. Check out blogs or industry websites for topics that you can use when discussing current trends with potential employers. Remember—this is your chance to not only market yourself but show how you plan on adding value to the firm!
  • Practice: Spend time practicing responses and common interview questions that are used by hiring managers—this will help you remain comfortable during the actual meeting itself. Research various types of interviewing techniques so that you can feel prepared no matter what style of questioning you encounter!
  • Dress: Dress codes may vary greatly depending on company size and industry; therefore do some research in advance so that you’re aware of any expectations they may have regarding clothing choices. Just remember—first impressions count!
  • Attitude: Remember to exhibit confidence throughout your interactions with potential employers—this may be practiced through posture, eye contact and responses during conversations. Additionally, showing genuine interest in their work projects can help demonstrate why hiring you will add value to their organization. Above all else, stay positive during interviews as this will assist you in presenting yourself in the best way possible!

Practice your responses

Interviews can be nerve-wracking, but there is much you can do to prepare. Practicing your responses in advance will help calm your nerves and give you more confidence in the interview. It’s important to anticipate the questions you may be asked and develop complete, organized and thoughtful answers based on your experience.

Practice makes perfect—it’s always a good idea to rehearse with a friend or family member before going into the actual interview. Describe yourself in terms of your best qualities, strengths, weaknesses and any other relevant information that would strengthen your candidacy for the position; this will demonstrate initiative on your part and show that you take job searches seriously.

The interviewer will likely ask some common questions regarding past job experience and skills; it’s important to cite specific examples to demonstrate how these skills are applicable to the role for which you are interviewing. Furthermore, asking thought-provoking questions during the interview reflects an understanding of current industry trends or technological advancements as well as an interest in learning more about the company culture.

Finally, it’s also important to remember that interviews are two way streets -not only should you practice your responses but be aware that employers want to learn about who YOU are professionally and personally too! This is where it pays off if you have done some research on the company beforehand -you can ask insightful questions based upon what you know about their personnel structure so they know how YOU could best fit into their organization. Showing interest in them not only leaves a lasting impression but shows them why they should choose YOU!

Follow up after the interview

It is important to make sure that you follow up after the interview, especially if it has been a few days or weeks since the initial meeting. You should contact the interviewer or hiring manager to make sure they have received all of your materials such as resumes, cover letters and references. Following up allows you to demonstrate your interest in obtaining the position as well as giving them peace of mind that all necessary documents are present for review. This also helps to move the hiring process along faster if there are any delays with paperwork or scheduling.

Additionally, sending a brief thank you note following an interview is a great way to demonstrate your enthusiasm for wanting to join their company and it also helps to put your name back at the forefront of their minds when it comes time for them to make their decision. Be sure to express why you feel that you would be the best person for this particular job and emphasize any qualities that may set you apart from other applicants. Sending a thank you note is also an opportunity for you add additional insights about yourself which may have not been addressed during the interview process.


Negotiating your salary is an important step when considering a job change. Make sure that when considering a new job, you understand the salary range is for the role and you clearly understand the benefits package that is being offered. It is imperative to understand your market value, know the terms and conditions of the offer, and be prepared to negotiate a better deal.

Research salary ranges

Before you negotiate for a salary, it’s important to research the market rate for your chosen job. The most accurate way to research salary ranges is to look at what other people in your area and sector are getting paid for the same or similar positions. It can also be helpful to look at online salary surveys from reliable sources such as, so that you have an idea of how much someone with your level of experience and expertise should be earning.

You should also consider the industry standards for compensations such as bonuses, health care benefits and vacation time that could affect the value of an offer. Being aware of these factors will give you a better negotiating position when it comes time to negotiate with your potential future employer. You can also seek professional advice from an experienced recruiter or career coach to help you decide what type of salary package suits you best before entering into negotiations with a potential boss.

Prepare for negotiations

Negotiations are a cornerstone of the job change process. Gaining an understanding of what you want out of a new position, as well as learning how to effectively communicate your goals to potential employers, will help ensure success in the job search process.

Before you begin negotiating, it’s important to think about where your skills and experience could be used most effectively. Consider potential scenarios, such as whether you’d prefer to stay within the same industry or into another type of role; will relocating help needed? You may also want to consider other factors such as financial compensation and benefits packages. Gathering all this data before negotiations will help give clarity about where negotiations should start and where they can go.

As part of your preparation for negotiations, inform yourself about factors like pay inequity and compensation history. Being able to demonstrate your knowledge and expertise in areas related to the conversation is key for successful negotiation. It’s also important to remember that there may be concessions on both sides when it comes time for compromise and agreements should be negotiated in good faith. In addition, having a clear handle on what are going rates for positions you’re considering is important information when getting hired by an employer since this can impact overall terms suitable for both sides.

Finally, knowing how and when to walk away from offers is helpful in a negotiation situation since not every deal is necessarily the best match – even if it may be attractive on paper – so by being thoughtful about offers presented can prevent doing deals that become mutually regrettable later down the line.

Negotiate for the best terms

When negotiating for the best terms for your new job, it’s important to think about what you’re worth, what the market will bear, and any extra perks that could help you make the most of your offer. Also keep in mind that compensation isn’t everything – consider benefits like flexible work arrangements, generous vacation time, ample educational opportunities and more. When possible, leverage your current job or recent experience to get what you want and need. Here are some tips on negotiating:

  • Prepare – Think through the value you bring to this position, research industry norms and determine a top number you’re willing to settle on. It’s helpful to write out a game plan beforehand so you can anticipate questions or points of contention in advance.
  • Make your case – Highlight examples of how you brought results and value to previous employers or clients and point out areas where the organization can improve by hiring someone with your qualifications and experiences.
  • Ask for more than just money – Request other benefits such as flexible working hours, extra vacation time or tuition reimbursement if it is important to have these options.
  • Keep a tone of professionalism – Foster a cordial atmosphere with our future superiors so they know they are getting someone who is an asset rather than purely transactional in their goals.
  • Have patience – You may not get everything on the spot and could be bouncing back with counteroffers or additional requests multiple times so stay cool throughout the process!