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news trends or any hot tips that might show up in your inbox. Thanks to online advice columns, I'm sure you've got more than enough of that kind of advice.

Instead, I want to encourage you to simplify your process. At its core, a successful job search is about the fundamentals, about jumping in where you are and adjusting as you go, rather than being perfect and waiting for the right moment.

If you need to simplify your job search, take a

breath and look no further than the TNT method of getting rid of barriers and moving ahead.

Target and Tune Up: To be successful in the job market, you need to have a central goal as your target. Once you have a job goal, you should tune up your materials to match your industry goal.

Network and Nail It: The #1 way to secure a job is through networking. Despite changes in technology, networking is still the best way to make sure you know

people who can get you in the door to a job, resource, or opportunity that will help you reach your goal (and it doesn’t have to be complicated!).

Keep it simple—talk to people who have the jobs you want with a purpose in mind. Nail your introductions by knowing who you are, what you’re looking for, and ask if

anyone knows the best way for you to get to your goal. The clearer you are as a communicator, the better you will be at getting the results you want.

Tailgate and Tough It Out: I don’t like the term “follow up”—it’s vague, and for that reason, it’s the step that people most often skip. Instead, think about the following distance between two cars trying to reach the same place.

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Overwhelmed and out of sorts? Sounds like you could use some job market TNT.