When you have an employer calling and saying they want to schedule a phone interview with you, that means you look good on paper and they now want to see if you are all that you say you are. The phone screen is a critical stage in the job search process because how well you communicate and perform will pave the way to the big opportunity of a meeting at their office with the decision makers.

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If you're new to LinkedIn, setting up a profile is a huge first step!

But, as you set up your profile, there are some things you should know in regards to maintaining it.

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If you see a job opening you're interested in on LinkedIn, it can be tempting to hit the "Apply Now" button. That's the approach most job seekers take.

However, the problem with this approach is you end up in the wait-and-see mode with absolutely no clue as to whether you'll get a response back or not. To avoid being buried in the mix of hundreds of other applicants, there's a more effective approach you can take.

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Clearly, you want to demonstrate you have the experiences and skills for the job. But what is it that makes one candidate more favorable than the other when they both equally have the same type of experience and skills?

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The words you choose to use and how you present information on your resume can dramatically impact the results you get. As a job seeker, you have to remember that your goal with your resume is to make an immediate impact by impressing hiring managers and recruiters with something you have that they want. One of the best ways to do that is to offer quantifiable information.

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Before getting into what should or shouldn't be on your cover letter, let's just get out of the way that a cover letter is a must. Why? Well, the answer is pretty simple.

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