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In order to stand apart from the crowd and get your resume to the top of the heap, you’ve heard you should find inside connections to help grease the wheel, oops, I mean facilitate the process!  You want to be a known candidate, not nameless or faceless set of key words. But your question is how do I do this? The answers include a new tool call Jackalope Jobs!

Find a Job. Find a Connection.

Let’s say you are surfing Indeed, or one of your favorite job posting sites, and you find a great job. What next? You could submit your resume and cover letter and hope and pray that your qualifications are impressive enough to generate a phone call from the company. OR you could find someone you know who works for that company to provide you with the inside scoop about why the position is available, what skills and qualifications are most important and any other insider information they can provide. Sometimes, dare I say often, job postings don’t tell the whole story. The information you gather will hopefully allow you to better customize the material you submit.  In some cases, you may even find the company has an employee referral program which incents your contact to forward your resume along.

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