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The average worker stays with a company for about four years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Young workers can expect job tenures of two years. This means every time the Olympics roll around, many of us can expect to be searching the job market for something new.

If you’re currently deep into a job search, you know that the process can feel like trying to dig a Kerri Walsh Jennings spike out of the sand or catch Michael Phelps in the 200-meter butterfly.

In other words, downright difficult.

But the more work you put into your effort, the easier it gets. That’s because with preparation, your opportunities expand. With positive momentum, your confidence grows.

Here are four steps to a gold medal job search to help position you for success.

G: Get Social. We all know that when it comes to social media, you’re a rock star (that latest picture of your kid eating spaghetti got more than 100 likes!). So why aren’t you using your social skills for your job search?

Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are teeming with friends aching to help advance your career. They know people. Their people know people. Tap into your network to let them know you’re on the professional prowl.

Quick tip: Instead of blasting your entire network with an “I need a new job!” notification, choose a dozen of your most trusted, well-connected friends and former colleagues.

Tell them about your situation and watch them go to work for you. They’ll feel more inclined and invested to do so than if they saw a message sent to the masses.

O: Own It. Confidence is a key ingredient to any job search. But if you get told “no” enough times, you naturally become rattled. Instead of wondering why you’re not getting called for an interview, use the rejection as motivation.

Exhaust all avenues. Trust yourself. You have gotten to this point of your career for a reason. Remember this and hold tight to the belief that your next opportunity is right around the corner.

L: Link Up. ‘Does LinkedIn even matter?’ ‘Isn’t LinkedIn just another Facebook?’ Yes and no! Considering that 94 percent of recruiters use LinkedIn as a search tool, you need a killer LinkedIn presence like, 10 years ago.

Is your profile effectively telling and selling your story? Do you have all of the required sections filled out to make sure LinkedIn considers your profile “complete?”

Quick Tip: Don’t worry about being a bother on LinkedIn. Social networking is the name of the game. Feel free to contact people you haven’t spoken with in a while, especially past colleagues and managers.

Even if you’re not keen on joining one of your previous companies, you never know who your connections can point you toward. LinkedIn says job changes, work anniversaries and recent meetings are all opportune times to reach out to your connections.

D: Dip, Dodge and Dart. Don’t be afraid to modify the keywords and overall slant of your resume to make sure it aligns with your various job targets.

Swap in and out various projects depending on what kind of experience a company is seeking. Change your resume’s headline to match a job announcement.

Your resume and LinkedIn profile are the muscles of your gold medal job search. Maintain them and they’ll get you to the top of your game.

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Joe Szynkowski is the Chief Communications Officer for NuVinAir, a Dallas-based company disrupting the automotive industry. And thanks to technology, he does it happily from his home east of Marion. Email Joe@TheUpWriteGroup.com or visit TheWorkHappyClub.com for more guidance on work happiness.

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