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You still need smile and shake

Q. Whatever happened to using a winning personality and warm handshake to get a job? Now all you can do is try and impress someone on the Internet with resumes and cover letters sent to Web sites. You don't know the personality of those who judge you and they don't know yours. It seems really unfair for those of us that are working so hard to find work in this terrible economy. It isn't a level playing field. We don't all have a fair shot.

Ans. The handshake and winning personality are still necessary-but now you have to start on-line before you meet someone in person for an interview.  Think of it as part of the networking that always was necessary, only now there's one more important tool to use first.

Cover letter, resume still important

Don't boast before sales