10 Things Not to Do When You Want to Get Hired

1. Make a Mistake. Should a typo in your resume or cover letter drop you out of contention? It shouldn’t, but, it might. Employers typically get hundreds of resumes for each position they list. Perfection counts. Take a few extra minutes and proofread all your job search correspondence before you send it.

2. Limit Your Job Search. Don’t limit your search by only applying to positions that meet your exact criteria. Instead, having an open mind (remember, you won’t know exactly what the job entails until you interview) when reviewing the job ads will increase your applications and increase your chances of getting an interview. The more flexible you are, the more options you’ll have.

3. Expand Your Job Search. Sounds contradictory, doesn’t it? You shouldn’t limit your job search, but, there is no point wasting your time applying for jobs you aren’t qualified for. The gentleman, for example, working as a childcare provider didn’t, and won’t, get called for an interview as a C++ programmer.

4. Job Search Only Online. Don’t post your resume on Monster and CareerBuilder and hope that your email In Box will start to fill up or your phone will start ringing off the hook. It won’t happen. You need to be proactive when job searching and use all available job search resources – online and offline. Taking the time to follow-up on the applications you submit, can help you secure an interview.

5. Contradict Yourself. If you are interviewing with several people, make sure you keep your story straight. Telling one interviewer one thing and another something else is a good way not to get the job. Also make sure that the work history you discuss with employers matches up with what’s on your resume. Double check your employment dates and job responsibilities to make sure you remember what you did when.

6. Insult your Former Employer. Even if your last job was horrible and your boss was an idiot, don’t mention it. Speaking poorly about former employers is never wise. How does your future employer know that you won’t talk about him that way, next time around?

7. Underdo It. Don’t be a slob. Candidates who are unkempt, disheveled, and poorly dressed won’t get the job. Even if you don’t have to dress up if you’re hired, wear interview attire that will make a good impression.

8. Overdo It. I once worked for someone who wouldn’t hire anyone he could smell before they walked into his office. He might have been overdoing it a little, but, the candidates would have done better if they had minimized the perfume or the after shave.

9. Show Your Desperation. Are you almost out of unemployment? Don’t know where your next meal is coming from? Do you absolutely have to have this job? Don’t give an inkling of any of that away. You want employers to believe that you want this job because it’s a good opportunity and you can be an asset to the company, not because you need to buy groceries or make your car payment.

10. Show Your Tattoos. If you are applying for a position in the corporate world, and other worlds too, you might want to cover up your tattoos and remove some of your rings if you’re pierced in lots of places. Some employers won’t be impressed.



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