The number of unemployed persons in the United States continues to rise and because of that when you are in hunt for the perfect job it is vital that you stand out from all the rest as the perfect candidate.

So, you know the old saying “It is not what you know, it is who you now.” Well, that could not be any truer.  It is vital that you network.  Talk to your friends and family about their jobs and their positions and see if they are in the line of work that you are interested in.  If they are, then start networking.  Find out who they know and who you need to talk to in order to get the job!

Make sure you have a resume available that lists every single thing that supports you being the right candidate for the job.  Think about it!  A lot of times you may read a job ad and that ad will specifically list the duties and qualifications required for that position.  Well, make sure your resume shows that you have experience with those duties and that you meet those qualifications.

Also, few candidates provide a cover letter, so why not take the time to create a nice little letter that summarizes your qualifications, related job experiences and accomplishments.  That letter is all about selling yourself and why you would be perfect for the job.  Simple, yet so effective!  

You would not believe the number of people who have networked and presented themselves amazingly on paper and then get to the interview and it is just train wreck.  Look! Leave the jeans in the closet and throw on some dress pants and a blazer, be neat and approachable.  Avoid bright colors, bold patterns and heavy makeup and perfume/cologne. 

 Now, get to the interview early, at least 10-15 minutes early and be prepared.  You should have your ammunition ready.  Some questions are inevitable!  You know they will be asked at some point!  Why are you interested in this position? What are strengths?  What are weaknesses?  What would you do if...?  Let’s have some good answers.

Do not and I repeat do not bring up rates of pay and salaries unless it is mentioned by the interviewer first.  Make sure you have your identification, references, trainings, portfolios, licensures and things like that on hand, just in case they are requested.  Be bubbly, but be professional.  Recap on why you are totally awesome for the job and thank them for your time.  Also, it does not hurt to find out how long it will be before a candidate is selected.

After that is done, just sit back and wait for the job offer.  If you have not heard from the company within the time frame they specified, just give them a call and see what is what.  Sometimes, touching basis with the interviewer is just the refresher he/she needs.  

Remember, finding the perfect job, is a job in itself, so do not get discouraged if you do not find the perfect job right away.  Just keep playing it smart!