Sell yourself – You’ve worked hard in school and in your career; don’t be afraid to share your accomplishments. A great way to sell yourself is in your cover letter, include a “P.S.” at the end of your cover letter, the trick is including one so intriguing, employers won’t have any choice but to call you to learn more.

Have a goal before you apply – Always have a clear job search goal in mind, preferably, a specific job title at a specific company.”

Put a figure to it – Figure out how much you’re worth by looking into salary resources like You’ll be able to negotiate pay, benefits and other perks much better if you know what others in your field earn.

Prove the claims in your resume. Testimonials are incredibly effective sales tools, include two or three brief quotes from clients or managers.

Know the company. With all the information available on the Internet today, no job seeker should go into an interview without a thorough understanding of the company.

Give employers a reason to hire you. When you follow up after the interview, include something that shows the employer how great you are for the job.

Be prepared. Bring a resume and a list of references. Be early, be bright, be professionally aggressive and thankful for the interview.

Think for the employer. Never assume the employer will know what job is best suited for you, the specific value of what you’ve done before or how much salary you’re worth. You have to figure that out for them.

Use an angle. If the company is a competitor to a company you worked for, try to get an insider to recommend you to the hiring manager. If you know someone there, use your knowledge to open a door.

Plan for a disaster. If you’re prepared for disaster — such as a job loss — you’re in a much better position to get a new job quickly. Make sure your resume is up-to-date and that you can reach your network of contacts as soon as possible.

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