With technology use on the rise and the job market more competitive than ever, the tasks need to be done before applying for jobs increase— simply having a resume doesn’t cut it anymore.  Recruiters will be checking your LinkedIn profile or your interviewer will be Googling you— so before you send an email for that job you’ve always wanted, here’s a list of things to-do to make sure you’re prepared for the job search journey ahead.

Manage Your Online Presence

  • Google yourself: What does a future employer see with your full name on Google? Deactivate any contentious, embarrassing blogs or social media profiles that might pop up. Take the time to check each of your social media profiles to scrub any old unflattering photos.
  • Develop – or update – your LinkedIn profile: This is especially important if you haven’t logged in a while. Add any skills or experience that aren’t listed on there and ask for recommendations so hiring managers can be confident that they’re making the right choice. Don’t forget to add any new connections you’ve made recently!

Get Organized

  • Make a calendar of all networking events: It’s estimated that 40-80% of jobs are found through networking. There’s a lot of competition online, so don’t restrict your job search to Indeed.com. Take some time to look at local networking events you can attend and mark them down in your calendar.
  • Know who you know: In the list of companies you want to work for, you may know someone who’s willing to refer you to their HR. Look at your connections and reach out to people who can help you out. Leverage LinkedIn to initiate conversations.
  • Create a spreadsheet for tracking: Keep track of what positions you applied to, who you met, and what to do next. This will help you monitor your progress and see when you need to follow up, find what’s working, and even examine how productive you’ve been. Job searching can be tough, and a log of all your efforts can help you see how hard you’ve been working!

Keep the above tasks in mind so you’re prepared for the modern search—noting things that may have evolved since you’ve last been in the game. Make sure you’re not losing any opportunities. It’s competitive out there, and looking spotless online and utilizing all the resources available to you can go a long way in securing a job.