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 Q. I’ve been sending resumes out for months now and I never hear anything back. Sometimes I wonder if anybody is even getting them. Is there a way to find out?

A. It’s certainly frustrating to apply for jobs that you know sound perfect for you without any kind of response, but these days that seems to be the rule rather than the exception. Employers are recieving a lot of applications for every available position and job one is reducing their applicant pool to the handful of people who are going to pass through to the next stage. Being proactive shows that you take initiative, so if you can identify who the hiring manager is, you could respectfully reach out to them to reassert your interest in the position. Your best course of action though is to separate yourself from all of the other applicants before you even submit your resume. Work your network to find somebody in the company who might be able to present your resume on your behalf. When a trusted employee brings a resume forward, that resume will get a bit more attention, and then you’re halfway to the job.