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Have you set a New Year’s resolution of finding a better job in 2016? Have you come to the conclusion that now is the time to chase after your dream position? If so, you know one thing to be true: there is a big difference between saying and doing.

If you want to take action without delay, if you truly want to close in on a new job in the near future, you should take these five steps:

1. Know what you are Searching for

If you don’t know what type of job you want, you will never find what you are looking for. Makes sense, right?

List out everything you like and dislike about your current and past positions. From here, make a list of what you are seeking in a new position. Maybe you are looking for better benefits. Maybe a shorter commute is at the top of your list. It doesn’t matter what you want, as long as you know what it is.

2. Search Fast Growing Career Fields

Let’s face it: some jobs are easier to land than others. If you find yourself in the job market in 2016, there are some fast growing positions you want to consider.

3. Create a Killer Cover Letter and Resume

You cannot expect to land a new job without a well crafted cover letter and resume. You need something that will set you apart from the competition (and there is plenty of it).

Those who need assistance can hire a professional resume writing service. This will set you back a few dollars, but it is better than sending out a cover letter and resume that puts you in a bad light. Consider this an investment in your future, not an expense.

4. Prepare for the Interview Process

It doesn’t matter what type of jobs you are applying for, there will come a time when you schedule an interview and begin to ponder what it will entail.

In today’s day and age, the interview process can take on many forms. While some companies still opt for traditional face-to-face interviews, others are turning to technology, such as instant messaging programs, to connect with interviewees.

Regardless of the interview type and structure, make sure you are as prepared as possible.

5. Talk with Your Family

Are you changing careers? Will your new job lead you and your family to another part of the country? Are you taking a pay cut?

You should involve your family in the job search process. This will ensure that everybody is on the same page and that you don’t make a decision that will harm somebody you love.

The new year is here and it is time to put your professional life on the right track. If you want to find a better job in 2016, these five steps should be able to help.