It’s official – spring is coming early! Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, so winter will be coming to an end soon. If you’re searching for a new job, wouldn’t you love to start the new season with a new opportunity? Follow these steps to help set yourself up for a new job this spring:

Week 1

Starting off your job search on the right foot is probably the most important thing you could do. Take the first week of your job search to really lay the foundation for success. First of all, your resume could probably use some touching up/updating. Spend time polishing it, and then send it to trusted mentors for review. Then do the same with your cover letter. Never underestimate the power of a well-written cover letter! Next, spruce up your online brand. Potential employers will most likely look for you online, so take the time to make sure they are impressed with what they find.

Week 2

After you laid your strong foundation, it’s time to take action in week two! Reach out to your network, let them know you’re searching for a new opportunity, and see if they know of any job leads. Then search for open positions, tailor your resume and cover letter, and apply, apply, apply!

Week 3

Keep your job search active in week three by continuing to apply to open positions. Also, attend a networking event to make new contacts and build connections to a potential new job.

Week 4

You’ve built momentum now, so keep it going! Continue applying for jobs, reaching out to your network and nurturing new professional connections.

Week 5

Every company handles hiring differently, but hopefully you have heard back from a few hiring managers by now. If you’re in the process of setting up interviews, make sure you are responsive and don’t keep hiring managers waiting. Then when you do have your interview set up, make sure you prepare. Practice interview questions with trusted friends and thoroughly research the organization.

Week 6

If you have your interview set up during week six, make sure you iron that suit, arrive on time and are ready to ace it! Afterwards, your follow-up should be your next focus. Send a thank you note promptly, and if appropriate, follow-up with your interviewer asking if he/she has additional questions/concerns or needs any more information from you.

If all goes well, hopefully you will receive your job offer by the beginning of spring! The job search can be a long process, and it is different for everyone. It’s difficult to know what to expect, but if you follow these steps, you can hopefully start spring with a new job!