How to Double the Odds of Getting a Job

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. Take the time to read the job posting for two reasons: It will help you understand what the employer is looking, 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 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 that something will happen on the way to the interview, so be prepared.  Dress conservatively as if you are going to church 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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What is Revision Rhinoplasty?

Revision or secondary rhinoplasty is the facial plastic surgery procedure performed to correct problems resulting from previous rhinoplasty surgery. The most common and most challenging need for revision rhinoplasty occurs when too much tissue was removed at the previous surgery.

For most rhinoplasty patients problems are minor and can be handled by the original plastic surgeon. The revision rate for rhinoplasty even in the best of hands is between 5-10%. In the event a major deformity it may be better to pursue your second surgery with an experienced facial plastic surgeon in revision rhinoplasty such as Dr. Benjamin Light.

Board Certified by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Benjamin Light has over 10 years experience in revision rhinoplasty as well as many other facial plastic surgery procedures.

Revision Rhinoplasty challenges

When surgery is performed the second or third time, it is usually much more complex than the original surgical procedure. The natural anatomy of the nose has been reshaped, cartilage has been removed and breathing may be altered. The nasal structure will usually be encased in scar tissue as a result of a previous surgery or surgeries. During a revision rhinoplasty surgery the normal structures will be resculpted.

Often there is a need to rebuild the structure of the nose and therefore pieces of cartilage either from the nasal septum, ear or rib are sometimes required. Some surgeons prefer to use implants such as synthetic materials in a revision rhinoplasty. Some of the more common materials used include gortex, medpore and hard silicone.

Dr. Light’s general philosophy is to always use the patient’s own cartilage if it is available. However, some patients require an implant or injectable in a revision rhinoplasty. Some of the  injectable fillers used to fill in small defects left after rhinoplasty include Restylane®, Artecoll® and Radiesse®.

To find out if you are a good candidate for revision rhinoplasty, request a consultation with Dr. Benjamin Light. For more information contact Decatur, Alabama area Renaissance Facial Plastic Surgery center today for a consultation 1-866-239-FACE (3223).

 

Fremont College ABA Approved Paralegal Program

Benefits of an ABA Approved Paralegal training

The Fremont College ABA Paralegal Approved program is designed to train individuals interested in a career in the legal field as a paralegal. The Fremont College is an excellent choice for individuals interested in pursuing a career as a paralegal as it offers the combination of an ABA Approved Paralegal training and an Associates of Arts degree in paralegal studies.

What to expect from the Fremont College ABA Paralegal Approved program

The ABA Approved Paralegal courses at Fremont College are structured from three modalities.

  • Identify the Issue. Courses such as Introduction to Law & Ethics from the Paralegal Core Classes help fine tune the understanding of the legal industry for paralegal students.
  • Research and Analysis. The courses in this modality include classes in legal research and analysis what are essential in the legal field. Some of the classes include Legal Research and Writing from the Paralegal Core Classes and Quantitative Reasoning from the General Education Courses.
  • Draft Legal Documents. An important aspect of the paralegal position is drafting legal documents. Paralegal students will have the opportunity to take courses such as Persuasive Writing to help prepare for work in the modern legal law office.

The instructors at the Fremont College ABA Paralegal Approved program are experts in their respective legal specialty. Students will receive instruction from highly skilled and seasoned legal professionals who are licensed to practice law.

For more details on the extensive paralegal studies program offered at Fremont College visit http://www.fremont.edu/campusprograms/paralegal-studies/paralegal-course-information.

How long will it take?

An Associate of Arts Degree from the Fremont College ABA Paralegal Approved program takes 60 weeks, 105 quarter units to complete.

After graduation from the Fremont College ABA Paralegal program

A graduate of the Fremont College ABA Paralegal Approved program will have the training and skills needed to obtain employment as a paralegal. They will also have the edge over other paralegal job applicants as most attorneys always prefer hiring paralegals who received their training through an ABA Paralegal Approved program.

Fremont College ABA Approved Paralegal Program

Benefits of an ABA Approved Paralegal training

The Fremont College ABA Paralegal Approved program is designed to train individuals interested in a career in the legal field as a paralegal. The Fremont College is an excellent choice for individuals interested in pursuing a career as a paralegal as it offers the combination of an ABA Approved Paralegal training and an Associates of Arts degree in paralegal studies.

What to expect from the Fremont College ABA Paralegal Approved program

The ABA Approved Paralegal courses at Fremont College are structured from three modalities.

  • Identify the Issue. Courses such as Introduction to Law & Ethics from the Paralegal Core Classes help fine tune the understanding of the legal industry for paralegal students.
  • Research and Analysis. The courses in this modality include classes in legal research and analysis what are essential in the legal field. Some of the classes include Legal Research and Writing from the Paralegal Core Classes and Quantitative Reasoning from the General Education Courses.
  • Draft Legal Documents. An important aspect of the paralegal position is drafting legal documents. Paralegal students will have the opportunity to take courses such as Persuasive Writing to help prepare for work in the modern legal law office.

 The instructors at the Fremont College ABA Paralegal Approved program are experts in their respective legal specialty. Students will receive instruction from highly skilled and seasoned legal professionals who are licensed to practice law.

For more details on the extensive paralegal studies program offered at Fremont College visit http://www.fremont.edu/campusprograms/paralegal-studies/paralegal-course-information.

How long will it take?

An Associate of Arts Degree from the Fremont College ABA Paralegal Approved program takes 60 weeks, 105 quarter units to complete.

After graduation from the Fremont College ABA Paralegal program

A graduate of the Fremont College ABA Paralegal Approved program will have the training and skills needed to obtain employment as a paralegal. They will also have the edge over other paralegal job applicants as most attorneys always prefer hiring paralegals who received their training through an ABA Paralegal Approved program.

For more information on how to start training for a career as a paralegal visit the Fremont College Paralegal program at http://www.fremont.edu/campusprograms/paralegal-studies.

For more information on how to start training for a career as a paralegal visit the Fremont College Paralegal program at http://www.fremont.edu/campusprograms/paralegal-studies.

How to End the Vicious Downward Cycle of Credit Card Debt Once and For All

Many people who are in over their heads with credit card debt are basically “Robbing Peter to pay Paul.” For example, many people who are out of work may be taking large cash advances to pay other debts. But in the end the credit card bill with the cash advance shows up and there is not enough money to pay it, so another credit card is used to pay that bill. It’s a merry go round that is very difficult to get off.

Many Dallas residents end up going through their savings account and putting themselves in heavy debt without realizing that they have a perfectly legal option such as filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Some of the advantages of filing for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy:

  • You do not have to make payments to creditors
  • Creditors can not take action against you (liens on paycheck or bank account)
  • Harassing phone calls must stop immediately
  • All debts will be discharged

If you are a resident of Fort Worth, Dallas, Arlington, Garland, Rowlett, Mesquite and Plano, contact Dallas bankruptcy law firm, Fears | Nachawati, toll free at 1.866.705.7584 or info@fnlawfirm.com for more information how Chapter 7 can help you get a fresh start.

Hit the Reset Button with Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Just as the title implies, filing for Chapter 7 is like hitting the reset button on your favorite electronic device. Everything disappears. After your Chapter 7 is discharged, you end up erasing the debt that was once there. In order to qualify for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy in the Fort Worth/Dallas region, you must:

File a Chapter 7 petition.

  1. Pay your filing fee to the court clerk. There are waivers available for some applicants.
  2. Take a credit-counseling course approved by the bankruptcy court within 6 months of filing for Chapter 7.

While the initial process seems simple enough, the petition contains many forms that require a strong understanding of bankruptcy law. The court clerk cannot help you fill out the forms. Once the forms are filled out appropriately and submitted to the bankruptcy court, an automatic stay is put in place that will immediately halt all collections efforts from creditors. This mean they will no longer be able to make harassing phone calls or place liens on your assets. In some cases, liens already in place can also be reversed.

Once your Chapter 7 bankruptcy is discharged, you are basically starting over with a clean slate. The debts are erased and you will no longer be held liable to pay them.

For more detailed information how Chapter 7 can help you start over debt free, contact Dallas bankruptcy law firm, Fears | Nachawati, toll free at 1.866.705.7584 or info@fnlawfirm.com.

6 Auto Repair Scams You Need to Know About

Even if you are lucky enough to know of a great mechanic, it can’t hurt to be aware of a few common tricks used by some sneaky mechanics to reach deep into your pockets. Read on to get some valuable money saving tips for the next time you have to take your car in for regular maintenance or for the dreaded repair visit!       

1.      Oil Changes: Overcharged and Overdone

Do you really need to change the oil in your car every 3,000 miles? This has become a sort of debate between cautious consumers and the oil industry. The reality is the way cars have been built for at least 10 years, frequent oil changes are not needed. So how much can you really save? On average, an oil change costs $30. If you drive 15,000 miles per year and replace your oil every 3,000 miles, you will need 5 oil changes totaling $150.00. But if you reduce the oil changes to every 5,000 or even 7,500 miles you can save up to $90 per year. 

2.      The Spit-And-Polish Scam

Scams by some unethical auto mechanics depend upon a customer not knowing how their car works.  The spit-and-polish scam is no exception. Here’s how it goes down: Mechanics may say that a part needs to be replaced, but the reality is that they may pull it out, polish it, then just put it back in the car so that it looks shiny and new. Common targets are easily removed parts like batteries, oil filters and radiators. A twist on this scam is that the mechanic claims they replaced your old part with a refurbished part when in actuality they never removed it. In that case, they’ve done absolutely nothing, except pass the bill along to you.

Here’s what you can do if you can take the car home first: Before having repairs done, mark the suspect part in a spot that isn’t easy for others to see with a small dab of white paint or Wite-Out®. After the repair is completed, ask to see the old and new part. If you see the paint on the “new” part, you’ve caught a scam.

Even if you can’t take your car home, you have the right to ask to see the old part as well as the purchase order for the new one. Match the new part with the info in the receipt. Asking the mechanic this will let him know you will hold him to the work and parts he has listed on the final invoice.

3.   The Oil Dipstick Trick

Dip your dipstick in your oil before you go in for maintenance and repairs. This is something you should be doing out of habit anyway to make sure your car is not low on oil. Do this to get an accurate reading of your engine’s oil level and to remind yourself to watch out for that old nickel-and-dime trick some mechanics use. The trick goes like this: They’ll only insert the dipstick in part of the way, which will give a lower reading. May not seem like a big deal to pay $5 or $10 to refill your oil, but it’s unnecessary and money better kept in your wallet.

4.      The “Tune-Up” Spark Plug Trick

Another trick to watch out for is the detached spark plug trick–it could save you thousands of dollars and unnecessary engine exploratory work. An unethical mechanic will recommend an expensive “tune-up” and even charge you extra to replace the spark plugs. Many times, the only thing that needed replacement were the spark plugs. 

5.       Getting Doubled Over

In all fairness, some repair jobs will start with one problem, and then lead to completely different issues. Unfortunately, some auto mechanics will take full advantage of this by doubling your labor charge. Sometimes the labor will even overlap for certain work, meaning you will get double charged for labor. If you’re quoted one labor cost on the estimate, that’s what you should pay in many cases. It’s important to be firm and clear with the mechanic that you want to be informed of extra parts or labor you will be charged for before they start work. Contact the Automotive Service Council or Better Business Bureau if you have problems or concerns with the repair.

6.      Auto Obsession

No, this is not a recognized psychological disorder. It’s what happens when people are fooled into agreeing to repairs or maintenance sooner than a car really needs. It’s one thing to follow manufacturer suggested timelines for standard maintenance, but another to become obsessive about it. There is usually no need to repair or have work done on your car more than recommended in the owner’s manual. The auto manufacturers know your vehicle model better than any mechanic. After all, they built it and know how each part works. Their recommendations should be followed.

Be suspicious anytime a mechanic pushes you to agree to an oil change, flush or other car repair sooner than recommended.

Play it safe and bring your owner’s manual with you when you take your car in for any maintenance or repair. The old saying “knowledge is power” could not be truer when facing a car repairs or regular maintenance. Take a few minutes to look over your car owner’s manual. There is a lot of useful information provided in that book to help you avoid many mechanic scams. The more you know about your car, the less likely you will be taken for a ride. If you do not have the owner’s guide to your car you can find it at http://www.edmunds.com/how-to/how-to-find-your-car-owners-manual-online.html