Don't let these harmful habits sabotage your career resolutions before they begin. 

The New Year will be here before you know it! And with that change to your comes the litany of resolutions. If a new career is among your plans for the New Year, keep reading!

I sat down with PIX11 Morning News anchor Kori Chambers awhile back to discuss five common bad job search habits you should stop doing today to prepare for a better career in the coming year. Check out the video of my interview and see below for more information on each of my job tips.

1) Complaining about your job – and doing nothing about it.

Sure, everyone has a bad day here or there. However, if you dread going to work every morning, it's time to do something about your situation. Complaining about your job online or bad mouthing around the water cooler will not improve your circumstances. In fact, it could negatively impact your job search (hiring managers and human resources professionals do not like to hire a negative Ned or Nancy).

Instead of grumbling about your situation, take steps to make it better. This may involve a conversation with your boss to discuss your options or a completely new career direction. The bottom line – take some time to reflect on your current job goals and start exploring new opportunities.

2) Ignoring your personal brand.

Here at TopResume, we believe that jobs come and go, but your personal brand always remains. If you're not managing your brand, someone else will – and you might not like the results. Take steps to improve your brand online, on paper, and in person. Don't know where to start? Download my free personal branding checklist.

3) Waiting for a raise or promotion.

Before the recession, it was normal for companies to give out annual raises. These days, this practice has become less and less common. You can't expect to get what you want if you don't ask for it. Don't wait for your boss to bring up the subject. Think about how you've provided value to the company over the past year and set up a meeting to speak with your manager about your future at the organization.

4) Putting off rewriting your resume.

The best time to write your cover letter and resume is when you don't need to - this is when you're more likely to be objective and have access to all the information you need to craft the best resume possible. Whether you're planning to write it yourself or employ a professional writer, don't wait until you have to find a new job. Start rewriting your resume today. Need help? Click on the following link to receive a free resume critique.

5) Networking only when you need something.

Studies show you're ten times more likely to land a job offer when your application is accompanied by an employee referral. In other words, if you want to get work, you need to network. Don't wait until you need a favor to engage your network. Start catching up with your connections now and looking for ways to provide value before you ask for their help in your job search.

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