Have you sent off yet another resume only to have it disappear into who-knows-where?

Maybe it seems like you’ve been looking for a job forever or maybe you’ve just started your employment job search. But you know how tough the competition is in today’s job market.

The truth is, unless you’re following the proven 4-step process to finding a job, all your hard work is going to waste!

When a single Internet job board lists more than 85,000 resumes, simply posting your resume online without knowing the secrets to success is just a waste of time and energy. And if you’ve already been turned down a few times – or a lot! – you’re wondering if you even know how to write a winning resume or if you need some solid interview and job search tips.

For most of my adult life, I’ve been in business for myself, so I’ve hired lots of people. But a couple of years ago, I was in the market for a job myself and discovered it’s a whole new world out there.

I didn’t know anything about online job searches, and I had to track down electronic resume guidelines. Heck, I needed some good advice on writing a resume and preparing for a job interview – job finding is different than it used to be!

I had to do an incredible amount of digging to find the information I needed. Finding a job is harder work than the job itself! So, the next time you are scouring a job board advertising website, these tips are ready to provide you with essentials that employees will want to notice from you.

I’m making it easy for other job seekers. I’ve rounded up three experts in the field to share their secrets to success in finding a job – but these aren’t ivory tower experts talking theory.

These are real-world experts with practical experience.

They’ve introduced high school students to the world of work, written thousands of effective resumes, and hosted an online career channel. They’ve found jobs of their own; they’ve hired employees; and they’ve helped thousands of people get the jobs of their dreams …

…And they can help you too!

This trio has put together a series of job search tips that will guide you from start to finish through the process of how to get a job.

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Step #1 in the job search process is knowing what you’re looking for and where to look for it.

Consider these tips:

  • What you need to know about yourself to choose the right job

  • How to research potential jobs

  • How to avoid the top 10 mistakes employers say keep applicants from getting the job

  • Where to look for unadvertised jobs

  • Why the right references are critical … and how to get them

Step #2 is creating a resume that convinces the hiring manager or recruiter to interview you.

Consider these tips:

  • What you should NOT put in your resume (one thing is “Any sentence that has ‘do not,’ ‘cannot,’ or ‘unable'”)

  • What you SHOULD put in your resume – some information (such as your employment history) is absolutely essential; leave it out and your resume will be tossed.

  • Practical tips on writing resumes – did you know your resume should be no longer than two pages?

  • Resume writing examples for Executive, Intermediate, and Introductory levels

  • 148 action verbs to use in your resume – broken down into eight major skills categories

Step #3 is to put the power of the Internet to work for you.

Find about these tips:

  • How to recognize real job leads – some listings are outdated; others simply bait to get applicants registered with recruiting companies; others thinly-disguised “business opportunities,” even scams. Learn how to tell which is which.

  • Tips on e-mailing your resume and cover letter – some employers want this; others don’t. It’s critical you learn when it is and isn’t appropriate or you’ll blow your chances to get hired.

  • Scannable resumes, text only resumes, databases, and keywords – if you want to put the power of the Internet to work for you, or even be considered by businesses that use modern technology in their Human Resources Department, you must understand these.

  • Tips for writing a cover letter for a resume – no matter how great your resume is, if your cover letter isn’t equally as great, your resume won’t even get read.

Step #4, after you’ve passed through all the other hurdles, is to talk your way to success in the job interview.

You’ll learn how to succeed at your job interview, from your preparation beginning a week in advance all the way through the follow-up, including …

  • How to prepare for a job interview – If you think the interview process consists of a 30-minute time slot spent face to face with an employer, then you’re wrong. The interview process begins much earlier! Be prepared for success, starting a full week before the interview.

  • How to dress for a job interview – First impressions do count!

  • Job interview techniques to practice – Yes, you need to practice. You’ll learn what you need to know to develop the job interview skills that will convince the interviewer you’re the person for the job.

  • Job interview questions and answers – You’ll find questions the interviewer will likely ask you and questions for you to ask the interviewer. Prepare yourself and really increase your odds of getting the job!

  • After the interview – You’re still not finished when you walk out the door; learn how to turn the standard thank-you into another opportunity to sell yourself to the employer.

You should now be ready and well tasked for finding the perfect job. Good luck!