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Alison Doyle

Job Search Do's and Don'ts

By February 2, 2014

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Person With CoffeeWhat you don't do is as important as what you do when you're job searching. When you're looking for a new job, job search mistakes can - and will - count against you.

Not making an extra effort to proof your resume and cover letters can knock your candidacy out of consideration. Forgetting to send an interview thank you note won't help your chances of getting a job offer.

Not sitting up straight (remember what your mom always told you) and slumping in your interview chair, not making eye contact with the interviewer, and other nonverbal communication can all make a difference in the outcome when you're interviewing.

What you do, of course, matters, as well. Telling a potential employer that they are unprofessional or asking an interviewer for cab fare are both good ways not to get hired.

Talking too much, or not enough, are both ways you can blow an interview. Dressing inappropriately for a job interview, including showing too much cleavage or your underwear, can cost you.

I'll spare you the details of the applicant who started taking off his shirt to show me his scars during an interview. I'll also spare you the details of the woman in the dress that was so short she could barely sit down. She did impress some of my colleagues though!

Bringing along your cell phone and texting or taking a call, or bringing a cup of coffee, chewing gum, or not paying close enough attention during an interview can cost you a job offer, too.

Then there are all the really bad interview outfits our site visitors have shared. I can guarantee those applicants didn't get a job offer.

Being as close to perfect as you can get, at least when it comes to your job search, is even more important in a tough job market when there a ton of competition for every job.

Our job search tips and job interview videos will help you write interview winning resumes and cover letters, ace the interview, follow up professionally, and, most importantly, find a new job fast.

Read More: Top 10 Interview Blunders | How Not to Job Search | Top 10 Job Search Tips | Interview Fashion Faux Pas

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