Are you feeling defeated because you've done all you could do to attain a job, but have yet to land one? Examine your internal dialogue. Yes, put down the resume, halt the job search, and join me in this deep-dive exercise of exploring your thoughts… Related: 5 Ways To Build Confidence For An Interview What are your beliefs about your candidacy? What “vibe” are you transmitting during your phone interview, exuding through your body language, projecting with your attire selection, and reinforcing via your marketing documents?

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The bills are piling up. It has been months since you lost your job. You are becoming extremely concerned. You feel as if you have done everything you can to secure a new job opportunity, but nothing has become fruitful - not even an interview. Related: 6 Ways To Be Interesting During Your Interview If this sounds familiar, don’t despair. I sympathize and many, unfortunately, are in your situation. Ironically, although the job market is challenged, usually there are blocks in a job search.

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Does your resume resemble a checklist, to-do list, a laundry list? Have you desperately tried to convince your prospective employers of your qualifications by including everything but the kitchen sink on your resume? Related: How To Transform Your Resume From Vintage To Viral Don’t. Believe me, hiring managers know what a job description is... they have seen thousands of resumes. While the HR/hiring authority’s goal is to screen resumes and identify qualified candidates, the person doing the screening, well, is a person—and no one enjoys being "bored to death," especially not by sifting through long-winded resumes that regurgitate all-too-familiar job descriptions. Here is a little secret: Many hiring managers actually write job descriptions. So, you are not doing them (or yourself) any favors by including a sea of bullets with your daily job accountabilities. Understand your resume’s job is not to give away every little detail of what your job entailed. No siree, Bob. Instead, your resume’s job is...

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Have you ever felt frustrated after an interview? Sure you have! I know you’ve mentally gone over your interview answers and you remember what you DID NOT say, and you realize you missed an opportunity to REINFORCE your candidacy. Well, this is what to say in a thank you card. Related: Mastering The Art (And Science) Of Thank You Letters Of course, it all depends on how badly you’ve screwed things up. Sometimes, there is no backpedaling, but let’s assume for a moment you can recoup or cement your candidacy... what then do you say in your thank you letter besides thank you? The problem with most thank you letters is they are usually prepared as just a nice gesture. Saying thank you is a very nice thing to do; it does go a long way, but if written as an ordinary thank you, it is not strategic enough to add another dimension to your candidacy... it leverages not an additional qualifier and doesn’t elevate your interview performance. In other words, use your thank you opportunity as a last marketing tool in order to gain a competitive distinction.

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