Though the nation's labor market is slowly improving, millions of Americans remain out of work. That means the competition for jobs remain stiff, and job seekers can ill afford to be ill-prepared should opportunity come calling.
Despite the dramatic changes in the job market in recent years, the way jobs seekers get hired hasn't changed much at all, says workplace expert Joyce Lain Kennedy.
It still starts with the dreaded job interview. "Job interviews are still those crucial meetings that seal the deal on who gets hired and who gets left on the outside looking in," says Kennedy, author of "Job Interviews for Dummies," newly updated in its fourth edition.