Monday, June 27, 2011

Job Hunting Mistakes: Are You Guilty of these Blunders?

When it comes to job hunting, you would think that people would strive to go above-and-beyond to put their best foot forward. WRONG! Even in today's competitive job market, simple things like having a decent cover letter and sending a thank you note after an interview are still overlooked.

Clutch Magazine Online posted a wonderful article that sums up some of the most irking mistakes they find in job seekers:

Pulling the "homegirl" card: If you received your interview via a personal connection, do not exploit your contact during the interview. Always be professional in your talk and actions just as you would if you were speaking to someone you've met for the first time.

Sending your resume solo:
Do I really have to say that sending a cover letter is a MUST 100% of the time? Never submit a resume without a cover letter. Your resume should be three short -- I repeat SHORT -- paragraphs that introduce you and explain why you're a perfect fit for the job. It should NOT sum up your resume.

Ending the interview too soon:
The interview does not end when you walk out of that office. It ends when you complete the proper follow-up. Always send a handwritten or electronic acknowledgment to thank your interviewer for his or time. It makes all the difference and just might be the extra push you need to snag a second interview.

Check out this list to see if you're guilty of any more interview no-no's. If you are, it's time to clean up your act, chile!

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