Always maintain an up-to-date resume, and have different resumes tailored to specific industries that highlight your skills for those job descriptions.
Compile several lists of references so you have a good variety of people and former business associates.
Compose a comprehensive and catchy cover letter since it’s what introduces you to a prospective employer. Highlight the skills, work experiences and education that apply to the particular position.
Prepare for an interview at any time. When you submit your application, for instance, a supervisor might request an immediate interview, or an unexpected phone call might have a hiring officer on the other end of the line.
Be diligent with your thank-you letters and follow-up calls. A letter keeps you in the interviewer’s mind, and periodic calls to check in show your interest.