PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – With the national unemployment rate at 8.7 percent, there are thousands of people looking for jobs, including college graduates. A local career coach has some non-traditional tips on getting that job.

Career Coach Ford Myers says it’s not just getting the interview that counts, but following up. He even recommends sending a thank you note after the interview, whether it went well or not.

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Myers has written a book titled “Get the Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring”. He says if you realize in the middle of the interview that things are not going well, say so.

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“The right thing to do is bring it up, actually bring it right up to the surface, and say something like, this interview doesn’t seem to be going particularly well, does it? Or how am I doing? Am I doing all right in this interview or should shift gears and we start over?”

He says bringing it out in the open may help you get the second interview for being able to see a problem and solving it immediately.

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Reported By Kim Glovas, KYW Newsradio