Looking for a job, or waiting for the right career opportunity can be stressful and discouraging. One particularly rememberable piece of advice is to utilize all resources that are available at hand: free local job search engines, career/job fairs and if convenient to your area, temp-agencies can be very useful if you're in a pinch and need to scrape-up a couple of bucks before rent is due. Most temp agencies, for example, like Labor Ready provide a day to day payment method.
A well written and polished cover-letter and resume symbolize professionalism and organization. It's surprising at the amount of people who do not use cover-letters. Many applicants submit only a resume and usually do not attach a cover-letter, so by attaching one, especially a polished gem, this will make you stand out and display your communication skills and will formally show what you have to offer.
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Appearance can be another variable depending on who is conducting the interview--so always look sharp. Body language, speech and the pronunciation of your words are very important. Communication skills are something an employer is always looking for in a good employee. Speak clearly, be attentive and humble; and if social-anxiety comes knocking at the door, do not open it.
Another underestimated factor in the job-hunting process is organization. Instead of walking into an interview with a few stapled pages together, uncombed hair with a wrinkled shirt and second-hand slacks, take a moment to assess your looks and what you are providing the employer: essentially you are selling yourself. Keep loose papers, cover-letter, resume and examples of work(portfolio)in a simple black folder; and if you can afford it, something preferably leather bound would be a professional looking choice--even a small leather satchel can be quite effective. Stand out. Give them a reason to remember you, or a reason why they should consider you for the position.
Job search engines(Snag-a-Job.com, Monster.com) are a quick and efficient way to pump-out the volume of cover-letters, resumes and applications per day--normally the site will automatically up-load and send your documents to the designated employer of choice without the hassle of surfing employer's web-sites individually.
And most importantly: confidence, time and attitude. If you believe in yourself, be patient and with the right attitude the job of your dreams is just right around the corner.