There are a lot of unemployed people out here and plenty more 9-to-5ers with side hustles. Competition is stiff, and you need to figure out a way to stand out amongst it. Bring a portfolio to interviews that includes examples of your work, former work reviews, letters of recommendation, even ideas about what you would do in your new job. Employers need to know that you’ll go above and beyond, and the interview process—from the first phone screening down to the last interview—is the best time to do that.
Breaking into something new is hard, and if you’re currently employed full-time while trying to find a new job, you have to be committed to searching and applying on a consistent basis. Finding a job really is like having a full-time job, so you may have to skip out on a few happy hours, set aside money for interviews out of the state, or cut off your phone for certain periods of time so that you can concentrate. Cutting out those minor luxuries temporarily doesn’t compare to the idea of attaining your dream job.