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Help Getting IT Job

Q.  I've been trying to get a technical job for several months with no luck. I'm focusing on job offers I see on the Web, but I'm not getting responses. Am I doing something wrong? I could use some guidance here.

Ans. And you'll get some from Gayle Laakmann McDowell in her very helpful book The Google Resume: How to Prepare for a Career and Land a Job at Apple, Microsoft, Google, or Any Top Tech Company. She claims they are looking for you because there aren't enough qualified engineers in the U.S. But here are some helpful hints. Do exactly what they ask. If they request a transcript from school with the resume, send it. If the opening is fresh, apply right away. They may choose the early bird. Also, just because you saw the job on a site, you don't have to apply there. Be innovative. Call the company or hiring manager and track him down personally through the Internet or phone calls and apply to that person. You'll have the jump on hundreds of others.

Do the right thing in job hunt

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