Don’t forget about your job search amidst the parties, gifts, and quality time with loved ones this holiday season. Here are a few ways you can kickstart your 2018 job search right now.

Tap into Your Network – The people you know are a major resource during the job hunt. Not only do they have information about openings at their companies, they can also help you get your foot in the door with a recommendation. Make sure everyone you know is aware that you’re in the market.

Upgrade Your Resume – First impressions count and your resume speaks for you long before the interview. Grab your resume and use the checklist below as a starting point for review.

  • Your resume is clear and appealing to the eye (hint: don’t use multiple fonts and check for alignment /spacing issues.)
  • It’s free of spelling and grammatical errors. Nothing screams “lazy employee” like a resume that has not been spell-checked.
  • It isn’t a collection of job descriptions. A strong resume highlights what you accomplished in each role e.g. increased sales or promoted to general manager.

Learn New Skills – E-learning makes it possible to learn new skills while you’re looking for a job. Resources like Udemy.com, LinkedIn Learning, Coursera, and Google offer tons of online courses that are you can be completed online in your spare time. There may be a fee for some courses, but many are free.

Learn New Skills – E- learning makes it possible to develop new skills while you’re looking for a job. Resources like Udemy.com, LinkedIn Learning, Coursera, and Google offer many online courses that can be completed in your spare time. There may be a fee for some classes, but many are free.