At the beginning of a job search, it not unusual to think that while you may be a little rusty, on a basic level you know how to impress employers and get a good job offer. But then, when you actually start to try doing it, you often get an unpleasant wake-up call. Employers don't acknowledge your resume submissions. Staffing firms don't return your calls. Recruiters act like you're damaged goods. When you come face-to-face with this job search reality, it's easy to feel like a failure.