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Knowing what to do and what not to do during your job search enables the job seeker to have some advantages over other uniformed jobseekers on the market. Furthermore, a well-informed job hunter it is under much less stress, which makes the task that much easier in of itself. Check out these ten tips while out on the job hunt.

Job Search Tip #1 - Don't bother with a cover letter since employers rarely read these anymore. Don't kid yourself. Unless the employer says that a cover letter is not required or specifically states not to send one you should always compose one that targets the position you are looking at.

Job Search Tip #2 - Lowering salary requirements makes a candidate more attractive. Unfortunately, this is a common misconception when it comes to landing a job interview. Doing this signals desparation to the potential employer. That's bad news. Enough said.

Job Search Tip #3 - The only time to schedule an interview is between the hours of 9am and 5pm Monday through Friday. Granted the majority of all job interviews happen during such time; however, if the potential employer is particularly attracted to a candidate they are more likely to be flexible in interviewing especially if they know the candidate is currently employed.

Job Search Tip #4 - Keep posting and sending cover letters and resumes and eventually interviews will happen. That is a passive job search strategy and does not work, unless you are targeting the tightest of job markets. Instead, get in front of people that can help.

Job Search Tip #5 - Be sure to list past employment progress and responsibilities. Although this is fairly important, that prospective employer is more concerned about the skills relevant to the position applied. Studies have proven that an employer spends 20 seconds or less looking at a person's resume. Therefore, focus on what is important, namely, the skills matching the job description.

Job Search Tip #6 - The majority of jobs available are usually listed in the newspaper's classified ad section. Far from the truth. Generally speaking, only about 15% to 20% of all available jobs are ever listed in print and that number continues to decline as more job openings are posted online. Conversely, the largest percentage of available jobs are in the hidden job market. The best way to discover these jobs is by networking.

Job Search Tip #7 - Posting to several job boards increases interview prospects. Unfortunately there is no magical formula that will guarantee "x" number of job interviews. Typically, job hunting success involves several parallel efforts versus just one medium such as job boards. With that being said, using several job boards does expand reach. Think about it...each job board has a market share, assuming the market share doesn't overlap with other boards, a given candidates exposure is the cumulative reach of the combined job sites. Therefore, minimize or eliminate the boards with overlapping market share. Looking into a job site's affiliations can help reveal potential overlapping market share.

Job Search Tip #8 - Employers have the tendency to frown upon "job hoppers." The notion of employers shying away from people who have had numerous jobs over a short period of time is almost non-existent anymore(although dependent upon the specific industry and employer). However, whenever possible, stick with a job at least a year before moving on to the next. Otherwise, be prepared to explain short tenures in a way the potential employer can understand.

Job Search Tip #9 - In a word --distribution-- Spread yourself around. Don't overly rely on any one channel. Some of these new waves of connecting are simply fads that don't provide much value. Still it is not a good idea to disregard them. Instead, make social networking apart of job search activities just like job boards and going to traditional networking.

Job Search Tip #10 - Recognize when the writing is on the wall. The longer it takes to get a job the longer it will take to get a job. A some point it is necessary to stop the bleeding. Try a slightly different angle in the same field, opt for volunteer work or maybe consider short term intern positions just to prove yourself in front of other people.

Author: Eliese Taylor