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If you’re searching for a job, and you’d like to start working in 2018, you need to start applying now. The time to hire, and time to fill, are becoming longer, so jobs starting in January are gathering and interviewing candidates in late November and early December. Before you apply, make sure you check off every one of these job-related new year resolutions (while your friends wait in line to purchase gym memberships):

❐ Prepare for interviews by planning answers to commonly asked questions
Update your LinkedIn profile
❐ Send your resume to someone trustworthy to proofread
❐ Gather references and ask for recommendations
Customize your cover letter
❐ Modify your social media accounts to private or employer-friendly
❐ Compile a portfolio of your best work
Research your desired employers for fit
❐ Complete any outstanding requirements like video interviews or international assessments