What are some of the most important things to keep in mind during a job search?

When you are applying for jobs, it's important to have a succinct résumé that highlights your accomplishments, but keep in mind that it's fine if it's longer than one page.

When you are applying for jobs, it's important to have a succinct résumé that highlights your accomplishments, but keep in mind that it's fine if it's longer than one page. Your résumé should be long enough to tell your story.

Take a targeted approach to your job search by thoroughly researching companies you are interested in or that you might be meeting with. This will keep you informed of their needs and business interests.

Don't shy away from informational interviews. You never know what interesting opportunities they might lead to. And re-main open to lateral moves that have the potential to broaden your skill set. Once you prove yourself at a certain role, the opportunity is always there to move up.

Finally, remember the basics when interviewing. In order to make a good impression, don't forget the importance of wearing a suit, arriving on time, and silencing your cell phone. During the interview, be sure to thoroughly answer the questions and avoid bad-mouthing a previous employer. Lastly, send a thank-you note.

Maryanne Rainone is the SVP and MD at Heyman Associates.

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