By: Rachel BillsStarted from the bottom, now I’m one step above an intern.

Ah, the job-hunt. It’s considered one of the most torturous tasks you will ever have to endure. But have no fear (or a little) because you can find comfort in knowing that EVERYONE literally everyone has to go through it.

I’ll be honest; I’m no job hunt connoisseur and my experience is limited, but I have spent the last year working closely with Talent Acquisition within Spectrum Health’s Human resource department. During my time in HR, I have observed many of the do’s & don’ts of the job search.

Therefore, I have cultivated a list of tips to help get you started:

Start at the top. Do a little strategic LinkedIn stalking and find out who is the hiring manager for the position you want. Recruiters are incredibly busy and sometimes your resume will get lost in the shuffle, so in the most tactful way possible is to just get it there yourself.

Pro tip: Be careful to use respect and clarity when drafting the email, and don’t just assume they will want to hire you; but nevertheless, go straight to the decision maker. Ask to do an informational interview about their position, and that you would like to learn more about their team.

Put yourself out there. I can’t stress the informational interview enough. Let’s be honest, working professionals like to have their egos stroke just a little (or a lot) so don’t be afraid to reach out to those who currently have your desired job. They will likely share their story and offer advice and valuable insights.

Pro tip: I have found the best way to build relationships with people whom you’d like to work with (or for) is to start by being vulnerable, sharing your admiration for their work, and asking for advice.

When in doubt, create your position. Don’t just sit around waiting for your “dream job” to come to you. That’s the biggest mistake young future professionals make; employers hate when you have a sense of entitlement. Study the organization or field that you’re interest in and figure out a challenge you can solve.

Pro tip: Then draft an action plan and present what you have prepared. This is especially useful once you’ve created a relationship with someone within the organization.

Learn how to LISTEN. Job seekers are so caught up in conveying a certain message and image to the employer that they often fail to listen. Listening is the most important part of communicating. Employers will notice if you are genuinely taking in what they are saying.

Pro tip: Be present and engaged in every interaction.

Follow up. Talent acquisition and human resources are arguably some of the busiest departments in an organization. They won’t always remember you or to respond to your email, so it’s up to you to maintain communication.

Pro tip: However, be aware, if you feel as though they are genuinely uninterested in talking to you, don’t be a pest.

Rachel Bills is a Communications/AD/PR double major. She currently works in HR as a subject matter expert and social media manager. She’s fluent in sarcasm and bargain shopping. She’s a natural born storyteller and loves to be creative. Her interests includes movies, books and anything to do with nature. Her plants are her pride and joy. For more original content follow her on Twitter @RaychelBills