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NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Ever applied to a job online only to have your résumé seemingly vanish into a void?

“People have to think about a way to separate themselves from this pile of garbage that sits on someone’s desk,” said Sanford. He suggests finding out who is responsible for hiring at the company and contacting them directly or following up with a phone call.

From crafting a winning cover letter to acing an interview, landing a job is tough enough in this market. But millions of job seekers can’t even get a foot in the door as they apply to countless positions and seldom hear anything in response.

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