Strategies to help you land a new job next year
SEATTLE, WA -- First, don't be over confident and make the mistake of under preparing or under estimating the amount of time and energy a true job search takes. Do your research when you're applying for jobs and demonstrate a real interest and knowledge of the employer. Elevate this to an even higher level of preparation for an interview. Hiring managers are completely turned off when you don't even know what the company does.
Make sure that you have good job search habits. Always view your search as a job that you literally get up for each day of the week, get dressed and get to work. Set goals for the day to apply for positions that you're truly interested in and qualified for. Keep a record of your application submissions and dates so you can follow up. Reach out to a number of contacts in your network and set up as many information calls and meetings as possible.
If you haven't already, establish an email account that is professional and can handle large files. Name your resume with your actual name, not my resume to make it easier for a recruiter to keep track of. Utilize social media in strategic ways. Find companies and organizations that you're interested in and follow them on Twitter and LinkedIn. Comment appropriately and keep an eye out for tweets and job announcements.