7. Brush up a skill while you’re looking.
If you do have downtime between jobs, consider working toward a certification or learning something new that can help make you more marketable.
Once you have an idea of the type of job you want, you’ll want to see what’s out there. Begin by looking through job postings to see who’s hiring and the qualifications that are expected to be met.
In-person contact is often the quickest way to a new opportunity. If there is a way to connect with industry folks face-to-face, take advantage and show up looking sleek and professional.
10. Start applying to job posts.
Once you’ve kept an eye on job openings for a bit, it’s time to take a shot and apply. Fill out applications carefully, and tweak your resume accordingly. Keep a record of each application so that you can follow up.
11. Send letters to dream companies inquiring about positions.
Not all great jobs are posted to the public. If there is a company you really want to work with, reach out to with a letter and resume to inquire. Try to figure out the name of the person who does the hiring so you can personalize the correspondence.
12. Reach out and reconnect.
Your own network can be a great source of job leads. While you don’t want to come right out and ask for favors, getting back in touch with former colleagues to let them know that you’re looking (and ask if there’s anything you can do for them) can pay off.
13. Line up some references.
Hopefully, you’ll start getting call backs and reach the interview stage. You’ll want to be prepared in case the prospective employer asks for your reference list. Make sure you’ve already asked your contacts if it’s OK to include them.
14. Consider temp work or a seasonal job to get your foot in the door.
If you need a paycheck, seasonal hiring is at its peak right now, and oftentimes, it leads to full-time job offers. The same goes for temp work.
15. Request informational interviews, or offer to take someone for coffee to pick their brain.
Again, nothing beats in-person networking, and many professionals are happy to spend a little time with eager job seekers to share their advice.
16. Practice interviewing.
If it’s been a long while since you sat in an interview room, think about how you’d answer potential questions you might be asked and practice with a friend if you can.
By conquering a good amount of these 16 items, you’ll be setting yourself up for a great new job in 2016. Time’s ticking… get moving on your job search today.