The employment market is challenging to breach on your best day; you’ve worked hard to pass through the revolving doors of fortune, investing three years and several part-time jobs into furthering career prospects. You’re responsible, reasonable, punctual, and culturally adaptable, so what went wrong? Why hasn’t a warm voice of promise welcomed you into the fold? Every application and interview is unique. Instead of categorizing your approach as wrong or perfect (because don’t we all wish to be the best candidate?), consider what gave the successful applicant an edge. It's time to get the job you want. Discard entry-level templates, shrug off your excuses, and follow these five tips to ensure the next time is the last time you disappear down the will-they/won’t-they employment rabbit hole:

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