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Readers Respond: Top Job Searching Do's and Don'ts

Responses: 7


There are some things you should do when job searching, and other things that will have a negative impact on your job search. What should (and shouldn't) you do when job searching?

Do Consider Working With A Recruiter

They can be a valuable resource and open up the door to career opportunities that you otherwise may not have heard about!

research the company

Never go on an interview without having spent the time to research the company. Visit their website and read their press releases, read up on their products and services, check out who is on their management team, visit their jobs section and read up on other roles they are trying to fill (this can tell you a lot about the types of projects the company works on).
—Guest blake

Never Lie

Never lie on your resume. Even if it lands you the job, lies are hard to keep up. This dishonesty could come back to bite you and hurt your credibility at the company and with colleagues who will move onto other companies.
—Guest fc

don't copy and paste!

Do not and paste the same cover letter and objective on your resume. It feels generic and careless. Customize it so you show the employer how your skills are relevant to the role.
—Guest fcar

Don't Send Less Than Perfect Resume

The competition is fierce and employers are super-selective. Your resume has to be perfect. Make sure you have someone proofread both your resume and your cover letter before sending.
—Guest Lynne DeVenny

Don't Harass the Employer

The employer has its own timeline for interviews and decisions about candidates. A polite follow-up and thank you note after an interview is proper. Repeatedly emailing and calling the employer is never okay in a job search at any point in time. I especially hate when candidates call me and ask if I received their resume. You want me to look through 200?
—Guest Susan

Don't Harass HR

Don't harass Human Resources or the Hiring Manager. All you're going to do is annoy them and reduce your chances of getting selected for an interview - or a job.
—Guest HR Manager

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