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17 Useful Charts To Help You Find, Land, And Love The Perfect Job

How to ace your next interview, network like a pro, and find the job you actually want.

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1. First things first: Decide on the career path you want to pursue.

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There are tons of free online tools that identify interests and strengths, which you can then map to a career path. Not sure where to start? Try taking the 16 Personalities test here.

2. Use networking and job search tools (like LinkedIn) to your full advantage.

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Even if your own web of connections isn't large, your friends and family might be able to help. Second connections are a great tool for bridging the gap. You could also try these 14 LinkedIn Hacks That Could Get You a Job.

3. Talk to people in the industry to find out where your skills could fit within it.

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Offer them something that will pique their interest and shows you are interested. Watch Teen Vogue editor Elaine Welteroth talk about how she landed her first job without any kind of connections here.

6. Know how to walk an employer through your résumé without putting them to sleep.

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Make sure every point of your story has a purpose — whether it demonstrates your soft skills, your experience, or your ambition to move forward. Check out "How to Ace the 50 Most Common Interview Questions" for further prep work.

7. Get over your fear of the dreaded phone interview, because it's going to happen eventually.

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Use the phone to your advantage: fidget, pace, take notes, and space out without them noticing. Here are a few more things you can do to prepare.

8. Prepare yourself for when the interviewer turns the meeting over to you.

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The best questions prove that you are invested in the company and you want to be a contributing member from the start.

10. Remember to follow up.

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Reiterating your interest, highlighting your strengths, and recapping something from the interview — to show that you were really listening? All good things to include.

11. When negotiating salary, learn how to demand that you are paid your worth — without necessarily coming off as demanding.

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Research the typical salary of someone in your position, approach your employer with a firm but professional attitude, and know when to compromise. Glassdoor can be useful for giving you an idea of typical pay ranges within an industry.

12. But remember that the salary isn't the only thing that matters.

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Know exactly what they are offering before you accept. There's a lot more to consider than just how many zeros appear on your paycheck — like company culture, health benefits, and opportunity to grow.

13. Take breaks without wasting the day away.

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Giving yourself enough time to wake up in the morning ensures that you arrive at the office energized and ready to work. Running late and gulping down your coffee and sad desk breakfast, on the other hand? That means that you're probably going to be stuck in sluggish email-checking mode until it's almost time for lunch. If you are struggling to stick to the plan, try out these 15 Apps That'll Make You Insanely Productive.

15. Work hard without allowing it to be a pain in the neck.

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If your company doesn't provide standing desks and you have no interest in purchasing one (they can be pricey), you can create your own with either a few books or an Ikea side table.

17. Use podcasts as a way to keep tabs on your industry even when you aren't in the office.

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Podcasts are timely, they're accessible, and they can keep you occupied during your commute. Find a full list of worth-your-listen podcasts and programs here.

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