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5 More Ways to Ensure You Get That Job

Brian O'Connell

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Last week, we listed five ways to speed up a job hunt, including freshening up resumes, taking "months" off past-job dates (but leaving the years) and being frank and honest about gaps in a job history.

Yes, it's only one week later, but for the unemployed it's never too soon to come up with more tips on landing that big job.

After all, only 42% of all American adults are working more than 30 hours per week these days, according to Gallup. That's the lowest level since early 2011, and a clear indication too many households aren't getting the income they need.

We reached out to Snagajob, a Richmond, Va., online job search service, to come up with more search tips for job hunters. Here's what Kim Costa, a job-seeker specialist at the firm, advises:

Spell check, not once, not twice, but three times. Costa says a surefire way to get your resume tossed in the circular file is to fill it with grammatical mistakes. "It sounds obvious, but employers tell us that spelling and grammatical errors are the No. 1 reason why they would put your application in the reject pile," she says. "Easy mistakes show potential employers that you aren't taking your application seriously and worse, may be careless on the job." She advises taking an extra 10 minutes to triple check everything.

Watch your email address. Another common mistake among job hunters is to use an inappropriate email address as the contact address for employers. "Believe or not, we see some really bizarre email addresses from job-seekers," Costa says. "Something like KissMeIamIrish@email.com does not make you look professional." Instead, she advises creating an email address for your job search that consists of just your name -- seriously: only your name.

Audit your voice mail. Costa says another good safety check is to listen to your voicemail as a potential employer may have to. "After your resume, your voicemail may be the next impression an employer will get from you, so make it a good one," she says. "Give yourself a call from another number and put yourself in an employer's shoes to see what they would think of your voicemail." Additionally, make sure your voice mail isn't full, she adds.

Use the "mom" rule. Scour your social media sites for images and comments your mother wouldn't like. "Employers have been pretty honest about the fact that they will look at your social media accounts to get a sense if you will be a good fit for the company," Costa says. "Take down all those tweets about how lazy you are, how much you hate your boss and pictures of the aftereffect from your birthday. Use the mom rule: If you wouldn't want your mom seeing it, it needs to be deleted."

No stalking. Don't be reluctant to follow up with an employer after you send a resume, but be diplomatic. Give it a few days, then follow up with the employer (unless the job posting says not to.) "Whether it's in-person, over the phone or through email, it will show them you are taking your search seriously and would be a reliable employee," she says. But don't overdo it. "No hiring manager wants to be confronted at the grocery store," she adds.

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