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Six Reasons You Get the Job

I'm starting my first job hunt since graduating from college, and I'm getting some interesting responses. In preparation for the interviews, I'm gathering some of my best college work, references, previous experience on jobs and wonder what else I should be doing.

Ans. Get on the Internet and find out everything you can about each company you visit. Make a list of questions to ask the interviewers about the goals, mission and other details about the company that may not be listed on their Web site. Most importantly have your resume and a personal cover letter ready to hand to anyone that talks to you along with a business card with your phone numbers, email and home addresses. Keep in mind advice of Debra Angel MacDougall and Elisabeth Harney-Sanders Park, authors of "The 6 Reasons You'll Get the Job: What Employers are looking for-Whether They Know It or Not," (Prentice Hall Press $14.95). They contend employers intuitively always are looking for a candidate that has these six qualities: presentation, ability, dependability, motivation, good attitude and networking ability.  The book describes ways to show that you do.

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