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Having spent time recently reviewing the plethora of information available regarding career search strategies, I’ve noticed some common denominators that are essential to a job seeker’s efforts.

Regardless of what your approach is, the following appear as consistent and universal actions:

1) Resume content and written communications must be flawless in terms of spelling and grammar.

2) Tailor your resume for the specific position being sought.

3) Whenever possible, include a cover letter which addresses how you will contribute to the hiring company.

4) Address communications to specific individuals (internet resources will allow you to impress hiring managers with this tactic versus using generic titles like “Dear Hiring Manager”).

5) Optimize the use of your professional network and relationships to get referrals, references and information about available positions.

6) Obtain knowledge in advance about any potential employer.  This is crucial in determining if you will enjoy a career there, as well as being a requirement during thorough interview preparation.

Implement all six and improve your chances of having your talent discovered!