It’s not quite January, but you’ve already made a life-changing New Year’s resolution. In 2019, you’re finally going to get the job you deserve — and that’s exciting.

Now is the time to prepare your search, so you can hit the ground running when companies start posting new openings at the beginning of the year. Here’s some advice to help you position yourself as the best person for any job.

Establish a Robust Social Media Presence

Choosing to steer clear of social media could hurt your chances of finding a job. A 2017 CareerBuilder survey of more than 2,300 hiring managers and human resource professionals revealed that 70 percent of employers use social media to screen candidates and 57 percent are less likely to extend an interview request to someone without a digital footprint.

Having a social media presence can help you position yourself as an industry expert. Share content relevant to your field, follow industry experts, and engage with your peers to elevate your profile. Just remember, recruiters are watching, so don’t post anything you wouldn’t want them to see.

Create a Digital Portfolio

Actions speak louder than words, so having examples of past projects readily available allows you to put your money where your mouth is. In the past, portfolios were something you brought to an interview in a folder or binder, but things have changed. These days, having a personal website is the best way to showcase your work, because you can include the link with your application. Use your first and last name to create a domain and put your talent display.

Let Your Personality Shine

Cultural fit is becoming more important than ever, so you need to show you have both the skills and character needed to mesh with the team. Accomplish this by conducting thorough research on a company prior to submitting your application. Use your findings to explain why your beliefs and behaviors would make you an asset to the organization.

Retire Your Generic Resume

The concept of customizing your resume for each opportunity isn’t anything new, but many job seekers still aren’t doing it. If you want to land a competitive position, you have to be willing to put in the work. Recruiters review dozens — sometimes even hundreds — of resumes for each opening, so if you can’t take the time to personalize yours, they won’t take the time to call you.

Show Your Value

When written without a numerical value, accomplishments listed on your resume don’t carry a ton of weight, as they’re largely subjective. If you want to make them stand out, you have to quantify them. This really drives your value home and allows the recruiter to envision what you could do in the position they’re working to fill.

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