(CNNMoney) — Good news: The job market is improving and employers are starting to hire again. But the rules of landing a job have changed. There’s still a lot of competition out there. If you want to get a foot in the door, you’ll need to use every tool available to you. If there’s one thing that’s different in the post-recession job market it’s this: “Submitting your résumé and cover letter is not going to get you a job.” That’s according to Jennifer Becker, managing director of Ajilon Professional Staffing, a division of Adecco Group, the world’s largest staffing firm. So what works? Experts say making connections, adapting to each potential employer and promising results are the only ways to get hired.
Making connections: “Networking is the only game in town right now,” said Ford Myers, executive career coach and author of the book, Get the Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring. “Everything is built on personal connections, nothing else works.”