In completing hundreds of executive searches, the Staffing Advisors team has seen firsthand how stressful the job search process can be for even the most accomplished executives. No matter how prestigious the organization, the hiring process can be flawed. Trivial matters can assume outsized importance, while the most important factors go overlooked.

Advice for job seekers tends to focus on the minor components of the hiring process while ignoring the real reasons people don’t get job offers. For example, there may be intense attention on your resume but little consideration of how your skills will compare with others—your competitive advantage.

But you can prevail in your job search amid an imperfect hiring process by focusing your attention on what really matters. From determining your most valuable skills and the work situations you prefer to conducting research and developing interview strategies that work, this guide will show you how.