Steps to Prepare for Your Job Search – Part 1

If you are getting ready to start a job search this is the video series you need to pay attention to! Forget about where to send out your resume, or how to nail an interview…these are 5 tips you need to heed and execute on before you send out a single resume. Do these things first and your job search will be less stressful!

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Video Transcript for: “Steps to Prepare for Your Job Search – Part 1”

Brian Clapp, Director of Content:  Job searching is not fun.

job search tips

Job searching can be a lonely, stressful place but if you follow our tips before you get started it can be easier

I don’t care what anyone tells you, the adjectives that should be associated with job searching are words like stressful, frustrating and lonely. What we have realized, because we have been in the job board industry for a long time, is that the more preparation you can do before you start you job search, the less stressful your job search will become. It won’t make your job search stress-free, I won’t make any of those crazy claims, but it will make your job search a lot less stressful.

We’re going to do a quick 5-part series where we explore some tips to prepare which can make your job search a little easier, a little smoother.

Tip 1: Before you send out your resume to a single person or company, get your references in order. Contact those people and make sure you have up-to-date email information, contact info including phone number, the right business that they are currently working for and make sure they are still willing to be your advocate and speak on your behalf.

Let’s imagine for a second that you get an interview, you nail it, things go perfect and then they say to you, “We’d like to contact your references, can you supply them to us?”

If you’re anything like me, your first instinct may be: Uh oh. I haven’t talked to that person in a while or, what is their phone number? Or what company are they with now? You don’t want to go through that panic stage, you want to be able to strike while the iron is hot and deliver references immediately.

The other benefit is when you reach out to your references, these people are your employment advocates, they know you best in the workplace, they know you are a good worker and how you can add value to an organization. When you tell them that you are getting back into the job market, they may already know of opportunities, or they might be hiring at their company. If you are lucky, just by reaching out to your network of references, you may walk into some leads and bypass all the stress of job searching!

This tip helps you remain organized and it just might present some opportunities too.

About Brian Clapp

Brian Clapp has worked in the broadcast media for over 14 years as a writer, editor, producer & news director. After beginning his career in Atlanta at CNN/Sports Illustrated, he switched coasts to Seattle to work at Fox Sports Northwest. In 2010, Brian began pursuing a new found passion on the digital media side, launching a successful website and then taking on the role of Director of Content for &

Recently Brian has become addicted to Google+ and LinkedIn so add him to your circles and make him a contact. No seriously, you should.


  1. Thanks for sharing this! I agree that it is important to be super prepared before you start handing out your resumes. You need to be sure that you impress whoever is hiring. Having all of your references in order is definitely a great way to raise your chances of getting that interview too.

  2. Hello Guys

    I live in Jordan and I have 27 years of IT experience and trying to work in the states.
    I have a US degree (Master & Bsc) but I do not hold a Green Card.
    Is it possible for me to find a job and get hired as I am a Foreigner?

    Thank You

  3. I study the education of the job , and I speak on the performance of the job. from Dr. Rylene Irvin


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