More than 100 people apply for every online job posting. Sometimes more, many more.
Those are lousy odds but do not forget that the best-qualified applicant only gets the job 30 to 35 percent of the time. So, if you are qualified with a good track record and are well prepared for the interviews, your odds improve significantly
If you have an internal champion, someone in the company who is familiar with your skills and record of success and who will go to bat for you, your odds improve from about 150 to one to 16 to one. That is still a steep hill but a manageable one.
Here is the key to success: Employers tend to select the qualified applicant they like and trust.
You can be that applicant.
More in Part 2.
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