Job seekers should use their network, especially alumni, to get their resume past the gatekeeper to a decision-maker, career coach Kathleen Brady writes. LinkedIn also can offer clues as to who can move a resume along, as well as contacting a hiring manager's assistant and getting to know him or her. "For a lot of these positions, they're getting 600-700 resumes. If someone the organization knows and trusts recommends you, it can move you to the top of the pile," Brady notes.

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