How to Prepare Now for a Job Search in 2017

With 2016 quickly coming to an end, there is no better time than now to think about the future.

For some, this means one thing: finding a new job in the new year.

If you know you want to change positions in 2017, don’t wait any longer to review your situation and decide which steps to take.

Although everyone is in a unique professional position, there are several steps you can take this year to help prepare for a job search next year. Consider the following:

  1. Define what You’re Looking for

It’s one thing to say you want to find a new job in 2017, but another thing entirely to chase after your dream position.

You should clearly define what you’re looking for. From the title to the responsibilities, from the location to the pay, make sure you know what’ll make you happy this time around.

  1. Formulate a Plan

Landing a new job is easier said than done. Fortunately, with the right plan guiding you, it’s much easier to achieve success.

For some, this means reaching out to their network to let everyone know they’re in the job market. For others, it means scouring online job boards in hopes of finding the perfect fit.

As long as you have a plan, you’ll know which direction to head when the time comes.

  1. Be Patient

Even with two months remaining in 2016, you know that time will fly. This has a way of speeding people up, making you worry that you won’t be able to find a new position within your specified time frame.

Although it’s important to move forward in an aggressive manner, be patient with your approach. This will ensure that you don’t take a job simply for the sake of doing so. When you make a change, you want it to be the right one.

Do you have any other tips to add? What approach would you take to a job search in today’s day and age?

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