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How to Double Your Odds of Getting a Job

By Sabrina S. Siracusa

There is no need to tell you that a job search in Las Vegas can wear even the most seasoned job seeker. In fact, you might think you have a better chance of making money from playing the slots. So it’s no surprise to me that when people find out I worked in Human Resources for 18 years, the question asked over and over again is, “How do I get a job?”

The truth is that by following a few simple suggestions, you can greatly improve your chances of getting hired. In fact, you need to if you really want to stay ahead of the competition. Once you get into the habit of following these steps, it will be so easy, you will wonder why you never did it before. You might already be doing a few of them, but read on to get more helpful tips to double the odds in your search for a job.

The first thing you should do is to carefully read the job posting for two reasons: It will help you understand what the employer is looking for, or at least hoping for, and it will guide you on how to write your resume. Recruiters are looking for a match as close as possible to the job description. The closer you match your resume to the position, the more likely you will get called in for a phone or in-person interview.

Regardless of what you do for a living, you will need a strong resume. There are many free resume templates available online. If you are having problems writing a resume, consider hiring a professional resume writer. There are many writers out there who are willing to work within your budget. Few things put off a recruiter more than a resume that is written in a confusing way or has poor grammar. You should also avoid including irrelevant personal information, such as hobbies or family information. Whether you write the resume yourself or hire someone, make sure it’s clear and to the point. Also, keep in mind that many employers hire pre-employment screeners to verify the information, so be sure that your resume is factual as well.

A valuable tip that most people overlook is to sign up for work. If you have been eyeing a company, create an applicant profile by leaving your resume on their website. By doing this, you will be the first in line when recruiters start looking through resumes to fill job openings. Don’t stop there. Go on job search sites such as Monster and careerbuilder.com, and post your resume there as well. Be sure to go back every few weeks and update your resume so that you remain visible and available to recruiters.

As a former recruiter, I recommend that you get to know the company you want to work for. Go on their website and read their mission statement and the company’s history. This will help you decide if you want to work there. Network with employees by attending face to face job fairs. Getting to know the company and its culture will also help you answer the age-old interview question, “Why do you want to work here?”

So you have followed some of my suggestions, and you got the interview. Make a great impression by showing up a few minutes early. Plan ahead by getting directions in advance and leaving early to account for unexpected traffic delays. Murphy’s Law dictates that something will happen on the way to the interview, so be prepared. Dress conservatively, and be polite to everyone you meet during your job interview. Sounds a bit old-fashioned, but these tips are time-tested.

Whether you think the job interview went well or not, you can still improve your chances on getting that job by following up after the interview. Send a thank you note. This lets the employer know you are still interested in the position. It will also make you stand out among the other applicants because most people don’t bother to do this. I can count the number of thank you letters on one hand that I received from applicants. It shows follow up and self direction, a quality employers always appreciate.

And last but not least, save this article and use it when you are applying for a job. By following a combination or all of these simple tips you will impress the recruiter and increase the odds in getting your foot in the door and landing the job. Best of luck in your search!

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