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Expert Offers Advice on How to Land That Coveted Job

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The unemployment rate in Nevada has fallen each of the past four months, but is still at 8.8%. That's 2 percentage points higher than the national average.

John Parel is the business services manager for the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation. He matches employers with job seekers.

I asked him what is the most common mistake people make when looking for work.

"Doing your due diligence and researching the job, the company. You can't just focus on quantity. I see people applying for every job they can qualify for, but the truth of the matter is every company is different and you have to adopt to their processes. If you don't know what the company or the job is about, how are you going to answer their questions and all that?"

Parel said part of being prepared is dressing appropriately for an interview. He said learn what the company dress code is and dress one step up from what they ask for. For example, if a polo and jeans are required, wear a dress shirt and slacks to your interview.

Parel said the most valuable skills in today's job market are what he calls 'soft skills.'

"The skills that are transferable from one place to another. Soft skills, meaning written, verbal, communication, interpersonal skills, social skills. These are the skills that make you likeable as an employee and truth is if you don't have that, it's going to be tough to get hired."

To see the entire interview, tune in for my weekend show Face the State. The show airs Saturday at 3:30pm and Sunday at 6:30am and 4pm.

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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