Ask Vicki: What increases your chances of getting a job?

In this answer on Quora, Monster career expert Vicki Salemi offers insights on how to tip the scales in your favor.

Ask Vicki: What increases your chances of getting a job?

Vicki Salemi

Each week, Monster’s career expert Vicki Salemi—a former recruiter who utilizes 15-plus years of experience in recruiting and human resources to empower job seekers—answers user questions on Quora. We’ll be republishing the answers here. If you have a question for Vicki, send it to socialmedia@monster.com.

Vicki Salemi

Q. What increases your chances of getting a job?

A. Ah, the golden question! To increase your chance of getting a job, you need to be a stellar candidate on all fronts—especially when the interview comes around. Make sure you’re professional and cordial—someone who can interact well with clients, as well as someone who meshes with a company’s culture. Your online presence should follow suit: Clean up your social media profiles so there isn’t anything questionable on there.

Another way you can increase your chances of getting a job is with a sharp resume that’s focused on how your experience and skill set make you a perfect fit for the job. Hiring managers will be concentrating on that the first time they review your resume all the way through to the final interview. It’s the first point of contact they have with you—it’s what can get you in the door—so put the time and effort into customizing your resume per the job description.

Finally, having a solid reputation can give you an advantage over the competition. In every single job you have, be sure to bring your best self to work every day. Work hard, help others, and be the kind of person people want to be around. That way, when it’s time to ask for a letter of recommendation, people will be eager to help you out.

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Read Vicki Salemi's answer to "What increases your chances of getting a job?" on Quora.