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Employment gurus estimate that it takes ninety-nine "no's" from prospective employers to get one "yes." Every time you get a rejection letter or someone slams a phone when you call, you should be thinking: "Great, I'm on rejection number 51. That means I only have 48 to go."

Whenever you contact someone, keep track of the person's name, title, and company; the date; your action; and the result. This paper trail is especially critical once you begin your rounds of informational interviews because you may well have to quickly identify people when they return your call, and the worst thing you can do is make them feel they're part of an undifferentiated cold-call or mass-mail campaign. You'll also be able to see, at a glance, the progress you've made.

If you follow these four steps, you'll lay the foundation for a successful job search, and assume and maintain responsibility for your reemployment. Your next task is to assess the available job-hunting resources and decide which are most likely to help guide you through the next steps of your career planning.

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