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5 Things You Can Do Now to Prepare for 2013

With the holidays approaching, many people who are searching for a new job tend to put their plans on hold and simply wait until the new year. However, December is actually a great time to get everything ready so when January rolls around you will be fully prepared.

This means that you can have everything in order and as soon as the first business day in January arrives you’ll have what you need ready to go. Here are just a few ways you can augment what you need to do in order to land a job very quickly.

1. Know What you Want

This means that you need to know what you are looking for in your next job. After all, you are trying to land the best job for you, not just any job, especially one that you are not well suited. You should create a list that helps you define what you want from your job, your expectations and what you hope to accomplish.

2. Update Your Resume

After you know what you want it is time to update your resume so that it is crafted towards getting the type of employment that you seek. You can highlight areas of your resume that helps land you the type of job that you want.

By doing this after you have come to the conclusion as to what you want to do, you can now fine tune your resume so that it has the best chance to impress.

3. Make a Plan

Now that you know what you want, the next step is to plan out your actions. This means you need to take into account the following;

  • Which job sites you will search
  • Allocate your time spent searching
  • Set specific targets and goals
  • List people you want to network
  • Specific companies that you want to target for employment opportunities

If you can write down your plan, you will help execute it much better when you put your plan into action.

4. Use LinkedIn

There is little question the power of LinkedIn and its effect on getting people jobs. You should have your profile on LinkedIn and fully updated with connections to others that you know. This way, your potential employer can immediately do a search off of your profile. Use a really good photo of yourself and make sure that your profile reflects the best you have to offer.

5. Keep in Contact With Your References

We all too often let our references slide and when it comes time for a potential employer to contact them, the information may be out of date or worse, the person you are using as a reference may be caught off guard. During the holidays you should send a holiday card, email or posting on Facebook for example to remind those who have agreed to be your reference that you will be searching for a new job soon. In this manner, they will be expecting calls and provide you with updated information if needed.

A little preparation this month can save you from expending time, energy and effort next month that could instead be used in finding your next job.

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