Beginning a serious job search can feel pretty intimidating. But as Robert Collier once said, “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”

What small actions can kick start the process and get you feeling ready to go? Try any of these nine tips.

  1. First things first, it’s time to get that resume updated. The good news? It doesn’t have to be hard. (Undercover Recruiter)
  2. Not sure exactly what you want to do next within your field? Try reaching out to people in your professional network to hear about what they’re up to, as well as their advice for you. (Business Insider)
  3. Want to leave your industry altogether, but aren’t quite sure which one to go into next? Try taking this career quiz to get some answers and help you think about it. (Princeton Review)
  4. The beginning is also a great time to continue making new contacts. Don’t be afraid to reach out to professionals you admire to ask for their tips and tricks. You might even walk away with a couple of leads. (Forbes)
  5. Stop! Before you even begin submitting applications, figure out your organizational system for keeping track of everything related to the search. (NerdWallet)
  6. And once you have that down, make sure your digital presence is exactly what you want it to be. (Social Media Examiner)
  7. About to write up a cover letter? Here are the seven things you should know about a company before you touch that keyboard. (Glassdoor)
  8. If you’re nervous about interviews before you even submit that app, these 10 important tips will ensure you nail them every time. (Lifehacker)
  9. Have you been using job boards correctly? Knowing the right way to utilize them could save you hours of mindless scrolling. (The Daily Muse)


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