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New year, new you, new job

If you made a big, career-related New Year’s resolution this year, we’re betting it’s one of three things: finding a new job, getting promoted at your current company, or finally venturing out on your own.

Today, we’re focusing on landing that fabulous new gig. And in addition to all of the Job Snob candidate tips we have coming your way, we’ve put together a step-by-step guide to kicking off your hunt.

What are you waiting for? Here’s how to get started.

Step 1: Get Your Resume Recruiter-Ready

First things first—time to dust off that old 8.5 x 11″ page (despite what you may have heard in the past, this doesn’t actually need to be limited to one page).  If you’re a recent grad or need some basic resume guidance, start with this Resume 101 guide.  Otherwise, pull up what you’ve got and give it a face lift using one of several online resources. We love My Perfect Resume, which is user friendly, and for a small fee (~$30), you can format your resume to look polished and professional in no time.

Step 2: Update Your LinkedIn Profile

What’s perhaps more important than an awesome, up-to-date resume is an awesome, up-to-date LinkedIn profile—consider it your public job-seeker persona. Again, if you’re thinking “LinkedWhat?” start here, but otherwise, make sure your profile is up-to-date, you’re connected to everyone you know, and you’re doing everything you can to put your best virtual foot forward. Make sure your professional history is easy to follow. Add specific details about your role and accomplishments under each position. And, don’t be humble; this is where many employers go first to find you and/or learn more!

Step 3: Enlist Your Army

One of the most important things to remember when you’re a job seeker is that you are not alone. You have a whole network of people who can help you—from your old bosses and colleagues to your friends to even the professionals—and you should definitely use them. All you have to do is ask (the right way, of course).

Step 4: Network Your Face Off

If you do anything to get started your job search started this month, do this. Step away from the computer screen. Put yourself out there. Meet everyone you can. Go to industry events, alumni mixers, meet-ups, whatever. Oh, and don’t forget the power of informational interviews. We cannot emphasize this enough.

Step 6: Ace Your Interviews

Landed an interview? Of course you did. Now, make sure you nail it. If you are fortunate enough to know people who currently work with the hiring company, start with them. Do your research and take time to prepare thoughtful questions to ask during the interview. Depending on the position for which you are hiring, don’t be shy about bringing a portfolio of your work, accolades, testimonials, and recommendations from previous and current clients and/or colleagues.

Step 7: Keep the Momentum Going

While it’s exciting to get started on your job hunt, it can be tough to keep your energy up over time (especially when you’ve got that little thing called another job to deal with). But remember, sometimes finding the perfect job can take a while—it requires a long-term strategy, taking care of yourself, and, of course, great follow-up skills. Hang in there and keep your spirits up. We know the right job is just around the corner.

Happy New Year!

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