Perhaps you’ve simply outgrown your current position or just completed that graduate degree and are ready to put your newfound knowledge to good use. No matter the reason, depending on how long it’s been since your last job search, many of those old tried and true methods are no longer that effective.

For example, the days of walking in and filling out a written application are pretty much obsolete. Today everything is handled online and often after submitting your resume or CV you never receive a response, leaving you to wonder exactly what happened. Did they feel you weren’t qualified? Was there another candidate better suited for the position? Or was your application simply lost in the Internet black hole?

Instead of blindly filling out application after application, take time to research those companies you are most interested in. Online sleuthing will often lead you to the head of Human Resources or an internal recruiter. Taking this initiative will set you apart from all those other faceless applicants.

Due to an overwhelming number of job applicants many decision makers limit candidates based on personal referrals, so get out there and network. Dress in your best business attire and attend each event as if it were a group interview. Seek out those businesses you’re interested in, don’t hesitate to ask if they are hiring, and for the best contact information.

It’s been said before and is worth repeating: do your homework about the company you want to become a part of. Whether heading to a networking event or preparing for a Skype interview, there is no better way to make a great and lasting first impression than being knowledgeable about their business.

Also, no matter how certain you aced that interview; don’t forget to email a sincere thank-you note. As soon as you’re back at your computer send a brief email to everyone you met. Then the next day snail mail a handwritten personal note as a follow up thank you. Trust us, these little things still make a world of difference when it comes to choosing between two qualified candidates.

Searching for that perfect job can be overwhelming, so don’t go it alone. Call Staffing One Services today at 314.631.2444 for assistance.