NEW YORK—Whether you are looking for a New York virtual office job or a traditional job in California, December can be a challenging month to do it. There are employers’ hectic holiday schedules and endless end-of-year preparations to consider. It can be tough to land a virtual office job interview.

That said, there are several things a virtual office job seeker can do now to maximize their opportunities to land a job in the New Year. TheLadders surveyed more than 5 million members about their job search efforts. Virtual office job seekers can glean plenty of valuable information from the results of the survey.

“Today’s hiring landscape is much different than it was even five years ago,” says Amanda Augustine, job search expert for TheLadders. “With the proliferation of mobile technology and social networking, recruiters are using more channels to recruit talent, which means that job seekers must be discoverable, current, and professional across multiple platforms.”

TheLadders offers five tips to prepare for your virtual office job hunt. Here are two of them:

1. Mobilize Your Professional Resume. According to TheLadders, you are 40 percent more likely to land the job you want with a professionally written resume. That’s true for traditional or virtual office jobs.

TheLadders survey discovered that while 29 percent of respondents have received feedback on their resumes from a professional writer within the last six months, 35 percent have never received professional feedback. Consider hiring a professional who can turn your laundry list of experiences into a narrative that supports your goals and outsmarts the technology gatekeepers as you seek your virtual office job.

2. Overhaul Your Online Brand. According to TheLadders survey, more than 35 percent of respondents Google themselves only on an annual basis, and 16 percent have never Googled themselves. To monitor your online brand, Google your name regularly. Remove inactive profiles or update them to reflect your current personal brand and resume. Increase the security settings on sites reserved for personal use so recruiters cannot find them.

In tomorrow’s post, we’ll discuss more strategies virtual office job seekers can employ to help them land a job in the New Year, including mobile and social tactics.