December is the best time to start the job hunt — here are 9 skills you should have before you change jobs

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If you clicked on this story, you’re probably considering quitting your job. Millennials are predicted to change jobs four times before they turn 32 years-old, so you’re not alone. Some human resources experts say December is the best time to start the job hunt so if you’re craving more responsibilities, a change of pace, or different office environment, you should start submitting your applications now

Regardless of month, switching jobs can be challenging; however, there are some things you can do to improve your chances of getting past the first initial HR screening and receiving the offer.

Whether you’re looking to switch companies, land that sought-after promotion, or change careers entirely, here are nine skills you should master before submitting your first application.

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“Building a Personal Brand by Gary Vaynerchuk”

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In many industries, creating a strong personal brand to showcase on social media is integral to catapulting your career forward – especially when you’re looking for a new job. Instructor Gary Vaynerchuk is a three-time New York Times best-selling author and has his own media company, so you can bet his course is full of sage advice.

Building a Personal Brand by Gary Vaynerchuk, $25 (originally $100), available at Udemy. [75% off with the code ‘UDEMY1275’]


“Mastering Communications for Ultimate Networking Success #1-7”

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Networking is the one skill needed to succeed in any industry. Instead of sharing conversation starters and how often you should keep in touch with your contacts, this seven-course series teaches you the fundamentals of influence, persuasion, and positive communication, so you can be a successful networker anywhere.

Mastering Communications for Ultimate Networking Success #1-7, $12 – $17 each (originally $50 – $70 each), available at Udemy.[75% off with the code ‘UDEMY1275’]


“Ultimate Resume Makeover Course: Get Your Dream Job”

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Hiring managers will only look at your application for few seconds, so it’s important to submit a résumé that makes a lasting impression. Here, you’ll learn how to properly format your CV, incorporate powerful words into your résumé, and stand out against piles of other applications. While you’re at it, go ahead and add some new skills to your résumé, too.

Ultimate Resume Makeover Course: Get Your Dream Job, $23 (originally $95), available at Udemy. [75% off with the code ‘UDEMY1275’]


“Cover Letter Mastery Writing to Get the Job You Want”

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According to instructor Dr. Duncan Koerber, poorly written cover letters eliminate 90% of candidates right off the bat, so submitting a strong cover letter can give your application a competitve edge. In his course, you’ll learn how to deconstruct the job listing to understand the role’s key requirements, add purpose to each sentence, and so much more.

Cover Letter Mastery Writing to Get the Job You Want, $10 (originally $25), available at Udemy. [60% off with the code ‘UDEMY1275’]


“Leadership, Management & Entrepreneurship in the 21 Century”

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If you want a new job with more responsibilities, you may end up managaing a couple employees or interns. The company behind this course, Leadapreneur Academy, is focused on educating and empowering 21st-century leaders. In this class, you’ll learn everything you need to know to build a strong, talented team and create an effective management strategy.

Leadership, Management & Entrepreneurship in the 21 Century, $10 (originally $20), available at Udemy.[50% off with the code ‘UDEMY1275’]


“Crack Cold Emailing to Increase Sales and Grow Your Business”

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Whether you’re submitting your application to human resources or directly to the your potential supervisor, sending out a cold email can feel like you’re sending your inquiry into a virtual black hole, especially when you don’t receive a response. This course teaches you how to compose a great cold email, and in doing so, up your chances of hearing back from the recipient.

Crack Cold Emailing to Increase Sales and Grow Your Business,$48 (originally $195), available at Udemy.[75% off with the code ‘UDEMY1275’]


“Job Interviews: Ace the Interview AND Get the Job Offer”

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Interviews are intimidating, It’s nerve-racking to sit down, look your potential employer in the eye, and hope they think you’re qualified for the position and a good fit for the company’s culture. In this course, instructor TJ Walker goes through every step of the interview process with a fine-tooth comb and offers some great tips to appear calm and confident.

Job Interviews: Ace the Interview AND Get the Job Offer, $10 (originally $20), available at Udemy.[50% off with the code ‘UDEMY1275’]


“Salary Negotiation: The 7-Step Negotiation Training”

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Talking about money is always uncomfortable and when it comes to our salaries, most of us avoid the subject altogether. In just seven steps, you’ll understand how timing, delivery, and the subtext of your message can help you gain the respect of your employers and secure that sought-after salary bump. Since most people who ask for a raise receive a salary increase, you should enroll in this class even if you’re not looking for a new job.

Salary Negotiation: The 7-Step Negotiation Training, $23 (originally $95), available at Udemy.[75% off with the code ‘UDEMY1275’]


“Seth Godin’s Freelancer Course”

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Anyone who’s looking to ditch the nine-to-five grind and become a full-time freelancer should have a look at Seth Godin’s best-selling course. Here, instructor Seth Goodin teaches you everything you need to know, such as how to develop your brand and secure clients.

Seth Godin’s Freelancer Course, $50, available at Udemy.