Searching for a job can be stressful and difficult, but it can ultimately lead to a great new career if you approach the process in the right way.  To help you jumpstart your job search and maximize the chances of successfully finding a new position you’ll love, follow this eight-step guide.

1. Get in the right mindset.

When you’re looking for work, you need to have a clear idea of the type of position you’re looking for, and you need to develop confidence you’ll find the position of your dreams. Feeling desperate or not being certain of your abilities could lead you to apply for the wrong jobs or could hurt your prospects.

2. Look at open jobs.

The internet has made it easier than ever to find job listings, so you should have a vast array of positions to apply for. You can also make use of trade publications and local resources to find jobs in your area that may be right for you.

3. Adjust your resume to the open jobs.

As you consider available jobs, you should notice some trends in what employers are looking for. There may be particular keywords that stand out, or a specific set of skills most employers appear to be seeking. Make sure your resume reflects what most employers are looking for so you’ll come across as an attractive candidate.

4. Identify the positions you want to apply for.

You should narrow down your job search to apply only for jobs at companies you would actually want to work for. Don’t waste your time submitting resumes to companies that aren’t a good fit, as this just gives you less time to devote to creating great applications for jobs where you would excel.

5. Find samples to send from your portfolio.

You want to make a great impression when you submit an application, so take the time to look through your portfolio and find the best examples of your creative work that are right for the jobs you’re applying for.

6. Prepare a customized cover letter.

When you submit your samples and application, your cover letter that accompanies these materials will be the first thing hiring managers see. Many won’t bother to look past the cover letter if it’s not a good one, so be sure to clearly and sufficiently highlight your skills in a way hiring managers will find compelling.

7. Have someone review your materials.

You want to make sure your submitted application is error-free and makes the best-possible impression. Ask a trusted mentor or friend to take a close look at the materials you’re submitting and make suggestions for improvement.

8. Submit your application and information.

Finally, once you’re sure you’ve got the strongest-possible application, follow the hiring company’s instructions for submission. Then, you’ll just have to wait to find out if you’ll be called in for an interview.

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