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Q.1. I moved back to my home city two months ago and started the "full-time job of finding a new job" in sales. I'm 39 with excellent credentials and references and I got up each morning and worked from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. responding to online ads, newspaper classifieds, following networking leads, and going on interviews. I found a wonderful job last week and believe it will be a perfect match for me. One of the tips I would pass on is to call on the phone after you send emails and repeat that information to voice mail if you don't get the person you want. Another important step is keep thank you notes in the car and after each interview, write one to the person that talked with you and include that you are grateful for the time and feel you learned much about the company. Then drive to the local post office and mail it immediately so it arrives the next day and the person will remember you. Also phone back in a few days. If you're told you didn't make the cut, ask why not, so you can correct that problem next time. I hope this helps your readers.

Ans. It certainly does and we all thank you and wish you the best of luck.

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