For any of you job hunters, I learned this simple truth the hard way. In this job market it's no longer enough to be qualified for a job, you must show that you are above the rest of your competition. Use anything that will give you an advantage: Know someone in your target company? Good, contact them and tell them to submit your resume to the hiring manager. You have a good relationship with the CEO of your previous employer? Good, ask them to write you a letter of reference. You got $1,000 to spend on a new suit? Good, do it because you are gonna come across as successful and companies want to hire successful people who look polished. You have a canned response for any hard or off the wall question they may throw at you? Good, because if you wing it you will most certainly slip and say the wrong thing. You think putting together a 90 day plan for your job is a swell idea? Good, do it because your competition is too lazy to even do enough research on the company. Your biggest competition will be other folks who are currently employed, who have as much if not more experience and qualifications than you not the folks who are currently out of work.