Preparation is a crucial stage of getting ready for your job search. Without sufficient preparation you may not be ready to face your prospective employer.

Check out the Career Planning Timeline to see what you should be doing now. Depending on your current classification, you might want to review a previous year as well. You should also:

Best Careers for 2011*
According to U.S. News, the following jobs
"offer a big bang for your buck":
Biomedical Engineer
Computer Software Engineer
Court Reporter
Dental Hygienist
Financial Analyst
Gaming Manager
Physician Assistant
Sales Manager

*Information reproduced from "10 Jobs That Offer a Big Bang for Your Buck" article on (U.S. News & World Report).