By Kim Isaacs, Monster Resume
Expert
Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to find a sample resume that
matches your background, copy it to your word-processing program,
make minor changes and be done with the arduous task of creating a
dazzling resume? While that would be ideal, you can shortchange
yourself and sabotage your job search if you base your resume on a
sample document.
The good news is that if done correctly, taking ideas from
resumes in books or free resume examples online can greatly improve
your own. Here’s how to use resume samples without copying them
verbatim.
The Pitfalls of Using Sample Resumes
“The problem with using a template or copying someone else’s
resume — whether from a book or from a friend — is that it
doesn’t allow for the uniqueness of each person’s skills,
experience and career history,” explains Louise Kursmark, a career
consultant and principal of Best Impression Career Services.
Kursmark is also the author of 18 career-management books,
including Expert Resumes for Managers and
Executives
and Executive’s Pocket Guide to ROI
Resumes and Job Search
.
Resume writing veteran and author Teena Rose concurs. “Job seekers
need to understand that resumes are like fingerprints; no two are
(or should be) alike,” she says. “Resumes should differ because of
the varying education levels, career experience and scope of skills
that job seekers possess.”
Additionally, copying a sample the author hasn’t given permission
to copy is plagiarism, so check the copyright notice.
How to Effectively Harness Sample
Resumes
Kursmark says there is nothing wrong with taking a little bit from
various samples to make it easier to construct your own resume.
“That’s what sample books are for: To inspire you and guide you,”
she says.
For example, “You might really like one person’s introduction –
the way they’ve clearly presented their unique value — and use
that introduction as a guide for writing your own distinct
content,” Kursmark says. “Or you might grab a
bold accomplishment statement from someone else’s resume
and update the numbers or results to make it applicable
to you.”
Here are more of Kursmark’s tips to help you make the best use of
resume samples:
  • Look for resumes in your field and mine them for
    industry-specific activities, terms and accomplishments. Have you
    done similar things? Is your skill set comparable?
  • After you’ve reviewed resumes in your field, peruse resumes
    across fields to understand how to vary the use of action verbs and
    get a feel for what makes a powerful accomplishment statement. Then
    write your own statements, as appropriate, modeled on the ones you
    like best.
  • Look for innovative formats and striking presentation,
    such as charts and tables. Can you include a strong visual that
    will immediately grab the reader’s attention?
  • Dip into numerous resumes to get a feel for good writing,
    concise yet compelling language and high-impact accomplishments.
    Work on your own resume with those examples in mind.
  • Read your revamped resume with a critical eye to make sure
    it reflects you. Will the image you present in person be congruent
    with your resume? “If you’ve included material just because it
    sounded good but you don’t have the details to back it up, you’ll
    destroy your credibility in the interview,” warns Kursmark.
Finally, when reviewing resume samples, think customize,
not plagiarize. “Use samples as a guide for ideas, but take pride
in writing a resume that has your own unique content and visual
appeal,” advises Rose.
This article is courtesy of Monster.com

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By Caroline Levchuck

After you’ve landed a new job, the excitement of starting
something new may be accompanied by anxiety and guilt over leaving
the familiar and perhaps some good friends, too. Even if you’re
leaving mostly enemies behind, it’s still a good idea to leave your
job in good standing.

Corporate alumni associations are sprouting up all over the
Fortune 500, at companies including GE, Procter & Gamble and
Yum! Brands, and it’s in your best interest to be a part of these
burgeoning professional networks. In fact, if you handle your
transition properly, your former employers may even view your
ascension elsewhere as a PR asset.

“Whatever the circumstances are around your departure, keep your
mind on the big picture and don’t do anything that could come back
to haunt you,” says career coach Deborah Brown-Volkman.

She recommends three steps for wrapping things up at your old
job and departing with a pat on the back from your boss.

Write Down Everything You Do and How It Gets
Done

Forget job descriptions. They rarely tell us precisely what an
individual does day-to-day or reveal the “It’s not really my job,
but I kind of do it anyway” responsibilities that grace any
worker’s plate each week. Also, in an age of zero redundancy at
many companies, you cannot rely on even your supervisor to
understand what you do and how you do it.

“Often a boss feels like, ‘I don’t know what this person does –
I only know she can’t leave!’” Brown-Volkman says.

So, do your boss and colleagues right by creating an exhaustive
list of everything you handle, along with detailed instructions on
how to handle it. Your coworkers will appreciate you for having
this thorough document — and for having done so much during your
tenure.

Remain Until You Train the New You

Two weeks’ notice may be the minimum an employer requests, but
most companies will appreciate a more lengthy lead-time so you can
help train your replacement. If you do so, your boss will be
indebted to you. You’re also sending a message that you want your
former coworkers and employer to succeed.

“It’s hard to give a lot of notice because your next employer
may be waiting anxiously for you to start, and many people want to
take a week off between jobs,” Brown-Volkman says. However, she
urges departing workers to spend “as much time as you can with your
replacement or colleagues who will be temporarily handling your
workload. Train them so they’ve got it down cold.”

Also, tap your own network for a potential replacement. You may
even be eligible for a finder’s fee if you refer the right person
for the job.

Wish Everyone Well When You Leave

Brown-Volkman advises giving all your coworkers a heartfelt
farewell and offering them a few words of encouragement and
appreciation. “Even if you don’t like someone, bury the hatchet,”
she says. “It takes a big person to do that, but you never know
when you’ll meet this individual again.”

Also, she points out that former coworkers are the best
candidates to join your professional network. “You will always have
common ground with these folks,” she says. “They’re easy to stay in
touch with. There will always be some bit of news or gossip you can
bond over, and that makes it less awkward to pick up the phone and
chat.”

All of this is for the future — the big picture, she adds. “You
could end up working for some of these people,” she says. “You may
need a favor. You just don’t know, so make sure you leave on the
best possible terms.”

See the original post here: The Right Way to Resign

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By Caroline M.L. Potter

Your resume is the most important document in any job search. But what if you’re submitting resume after resume and receiving no results at all — not even a call? Your resume may be fatally flawed.

How can a resume betray a job seeker? It’s not just typos or poor formatting. “The biggest flaw for a resume is when it fails to showcase a person’s accomplishments, contributions and results, and instead spouts a job description of each position he’s held,” says Lauren Milligan, founder of ResuMayDay, a resume-writing and career-coaching firm based near Chicago.

Use these three tips to make sure your resume doesn’t betray you.

1. Think Big

Whatever jobs you’ve held — be it as an assistant or a CEO – think beyond the everyday tasks of your position. ”People get bogged down in the day-to-day details of their jobs, but when it comes to your resume, you’ve got to get out of the clutter and ask yourself, ‘What does this work mean?’” Milligan says.

If a manager is hiring for an administrative assistant, he already knows what an admin does and doesn’t want to see a resume that says an applicant can type and answer a phone. “You have to go beyond that to point out your specific strengths,” Milligan says.

Start by having big-picture conversations about what you do and how it serves the organization as a whole. “If you’re in a support position, consider how successful the person you support is and how you help her do her job better,” Milligan says. “What role do you have in her successes? Those are your accomplishments.”

2. Be Clear

Focusing on your accomplishments rather than your specific responsibilities will help keep your resume concise. “There’s a huge difference between a resume and the Great American Novel,” says Milligan. “The resumes I’m most proud of summed up a 25-year career in a single page.”

She urges job seekers to remember that resumes are typically skimmed for a mere six to eight seconds. “Make sure you’re identifying the companies you worked for, how long you were there and if you earned a promotion,” she says. “Those are things that people look for immediately.” Also, if your job title is long and vague, tighten it up so that people immediately understand what you’ve done. For example, “Marketing Manager” is much more accessible than “Global Identity Architect.”

Given the time you have to catch a recruiter’s eye, a focused, accomplishment-driven resume is the way to go. “If you are loaded up on peripheral stuff, it’s too hard for a hiring manager to find your story,” Milligan says.

3. Get Real

What if you come up blank when trying to think about how you’ve helped build the big picture for your employer?

“A couple of times I’ve talked to people who insisted they just did their jobs and there’s nothing special about them that jumps out,” Milligan says. She’s asked them outright if they’re in the right position. “It’s a difficult question to ask, but these people may be chasing the wrong job,” she says.

She counsels clients that if they cannot speak about what they’ve done in terms of enhancing the position or the company, ”You may be just punching a clock — and you and your employer deserve more.”

Look for other opportunities in which you can contribute and grow professionally. You’ll enjoy a more rewarding career and have a more successful resume.

This story is republished, with permission, from Monster.com.

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That cute, affable guy who brags of his drunken exploits on
FaceBook.com may be meeting a lot of other partiers online, but
he’s probably not getting added to the “friends” lists of many
corporate recruiters. A recent study by the executive search firm
ExecuNet found that 77 percent of recruiters run searches of
candidates on the Web to screen applicants; 35 percent of these
same recruiters say they’ve eliminated a candidate based on the
information they uncovered.
“You’d be surprised at what I’ve seen when researching
candidates,” says Gail, a recruiter at a Fortune 500 company who
recently began looking up potential hires on the Web. “We were
having a tough time deciding between two candidates until I found
the profile of one of them on MySpace. It boasted a photo of her
lounging on a hammock in a bikini, listed her interests as ‘having
a good time’ and her sex as ‘yes, please.’ Not quite what we were
looking for.”
“Another time I went to a candidate’s site and found racial
slurs and jokes,” Gail continues. “And there was yet another
instance where a candidate told me he was currently working for a
company, yet he left a comment on a friend’s profile about how it
‘sucked’ to be laid off, and how much fun it was to be
unemployed!”
As the amount of personal information available online grows,
first impressions are being formed long before the interview
process begins, warns David Opton, ExecuNet CEO and founder. “Given
the implications and the shelf-life of Internet content, managing
your online image is something everyone should address –
regardless of whether or not you’re in a job search,” he says.
Because the risks don’t stop once you’re hired.
Twenty-three-year old Kara recently took a job as a management
consultant at a high-profile practice in the Los Angeles area. An
Ohio native, with no friends or family on the West Coast, Kara put
up a profile on MySpace in the hopes of meeting new people.
Kara was judicious in how she set up her site: “I didn’t fill
out that cheesy questionnaire many people post, where you describe
your best feature and say whether or not you shower every day.” she
says. “I used a photo that was flattering but not at all
provocative and was even careful what music I chose.”
Within a few months, Kara met many others online who shared her
interest in biking and water sports. One Friday morning, Kara
decided to call in sick and go surfing with a few of her new pals.
That weekend, unbeknownst to Kara, her friend posted some of the
day’s pictures on her profile and sent Kara a message saying, “We
should call in sick more often.”
Unfortunately for Kara, her boss happened to be patrolling
MySpace to check up on her college-age daughter and came across
Kara’s site and the dated photos!
Mortified, Kara says she learned an important lesson — not only
about honesty, but about how small the world of online social
networking can be and how little control you have over any
information put out there.
Not all employers search candidates and employees online, but
the trend is growing. Don’t let online social networking deep-six
your career opportunities. Protect your image by following these
simple tips:
  1. Be careful. Nothing is private. Don’t post
    anything on your site or your “friends” sites you wouldn’t want a
    prospective employer to see. Derogatory comments, revealing or
    risqué photos, foul language and lewd jokes all will be viewed as a
    reflection of your character.
  2. Be discreet. If your network offers the
    option, consider setting your profile to “private,” so that it is
    viewable only by friends of your choosing. And since you can’t
    control what other people say on your site, you may want to use the
    “block comments” feature. Remember, everything on the Internet is
    archived, and there is no eraser!
  3. Be prepared. Check your profile regularly to
    see what comments have been posted. Use a search engine to look for
    online records of yourself to see what is out there about you. If
    you find information you feel could be detrimental to your
    candidacy or career, see about getting it removed — and make sure
    you have an answer ready to counter or explain “digital dirt.”
This article is courtesy of Careerbuilder.com

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by Kim Issacs
Has your resume been generating calls for interviews, or does it
seem lost in the crowd? Follow these six tips to supercharge your
resume:
  1. Renew Often
    One of the most popular ways hiring managers search resumes is by
    the date they were posted. Keep your resume updated in the system
    by renewing it at least once every 30 days.
  2. Target Your Resume Title
    The Resume Title is one of the most important sections of the
    Resume Builder. When hiring managers search for resumes, they often
    look at the title first to decide whether to view a resume. It’s
    best to include the specific job title you’re pursuing, along with
    a brief description of your top credentials. Choose your words
    carefully as you have a 70-character limit. Examples of good title:
    • Network Administrator – CNA Specializing in NetWare – 5 Years’
      Experience
    • Technical Sales Representative – Maximizing Sales for the
      Technology Industry
    • Secretary/Administrative Assistant with 10 Years’
      Experience
  3. Maximize Your Keywords
    One of the best ways to increase the number of hits your resume
    receives is to include an abundance of industry keywords. Do some
    research on keywords that might be used to find someone with your
    talents. Search jobs to get an idea of what credentials hiring
    managers value. Then look for places in your resume where you could
    incorporate these keywords. The Skills section is a great place to
    include keywords that don’t appear elsewhere in the document.
  4. Show You Care About Employers’ Needs
    If you have outlined your wants and needs, revise your career
    objective to show the benefits you offer potential employers.
    Consider these before-and-after ideal job descriptions:
    • Before: A challenging position with a large
      firm that offers great pay/benefits, flextime and a comfortable
      working environment.
    • After: Customer service or front-desk position
      providing world-class service to international guests.
  5. Proofread
    Employers are immediately turned off by resumes with typos. Many
    employers will discard a resume that contains even one error, so
    thoroughly proofread your Monster resume. Email it to yourself and
    open the file in a program with good spell-check capabilities. Then
    show your resume to a writer, teacher or colleague with excellent
    proofreading skills to make sure it is perfect.
  6. Invest in Your Resume
    Yes, spending a little money on your resume can improve it. One of
    the benefits of these services is that your resume is featured with
    graphical enhancements, including bold type and industry
    icons.
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When it comes to finding a new job, the most successful seekers
know that the best jobs are not always just about salary. The truth
is, there are a lot of factors that go into every great
opportunity, and these are not always the same for everyone. If you
are looking for a new job or career, the important thing is that
you know what your priorities are before you start your job search.
Doing so might just save you from regretting your decision in the
future. Consider the following workplace values.
Salary
While salary isn’t everything, it is important. After all, you
can’t use your health care to buy groceries. But you need to
determine just how important it is to you. Start by figuring out
just how much you need or want to make to be happy. How much do you
need to pay your bills, have some fun and still save for the
future? Then ask yourself how much extra you need above and beyond
the basics in order for you to be truly satisfied. Once you have a
range in mind, you can use it to help guide your search.
Benefits
While salary is the top dog for some, the quality of benefits
ranks higher for others. Think about your life and figure out what
kind of benefits are really important to you. If you have a history
of health problems, you should make sure your company’s health care
plan is one that offers low co-pays and provides affordable access
to specialists. Check to see if the company offers flexible
spending accounts for uncovered out-of-pocket expenses. Are you a
woman who is planning on starting a family? If so, you should learn
about and understand the company’s maternity benefits. If you are
not sure exactly which benefits you need or what kinds of benefits
are available, you can look at leading companies? Web sites.
Family-Related Factors
For some, a company’s family friendliness is not a factor.
However, it is a major issue for others. Do you need a company that
can give you a flexible schedule? Do you want a company that puts
an emphasis on work/life balance? Some companies offer
family-related services such as on-site childcare, flexible
scheduling, dependent care reimbursement accounts and more. Other
companies do not put as much of an emphasis on families. Make sure
you know what you are looking for in this area.
Retirement
Retirement is something many younger workers neglect to think
about, but it’s an important area to consider. Perhaps having a
higher-than-average salary is not as important to you as ensuring
that you’re taken care of down the line. If so, you need to look
closely at the company’s retirement plan. Does it offer a matching
401(k) program? What about profit sharing, pension or stock
options? Most companies have some method of helping employees plan
for the future – make sure you pay attention to this factor.
Location
While location sounds like a secondary factor, it can be a major
deal maker or breaker for some. Do you live in a city with a great
deal of traffic? Is there access to public transportation? Would
you mind spending two hours in the car each day getting to and from
work? Some people don’t mind a long commute, but others shudder at
the thought. If you are someone who can’t stand being in the car
for long periods of time, make sure you don’t settle for a job that
is 40 miles away.
Vacation
While some individuals do not need much time off during the year,
others desperately need vacation time to re-energize. If vacation
time is important to you, make sure you know how much you are
getting and whether or not you can actually use it. Vacation is one
area in which prospects can often negotiate when getting a higher
salary is out of the question.
Other Factors
Do you have other personal priorities you need to consider? What
about training and educational opportunities? Or how about actual
work hours? At some companies, working 50 to 55 hours a week is the
norm, while others have employees punching the clock at exactly 40.
Is it a big deal to you to work overtime? What about the overall
work environment? Do you want a big corporate campus complete with
a cafeteria, company convenience store, and maybe even a health
club, or will you be happy in a small office with 10 employees?
The bottom line is that knowing what your priorities are at the
beginning of your job search will help you make sure you are moving
in the right direction and focusing your energy on jobs that will
truly meet your needs.
This article is courtesy of Careerbuilder.com

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In some respects building a successful career is no different
from any other project. Clear goal setting, thorough planning and
effective execution are key ingredients in the recipe for success.
Though expert advice can help you with the process, in the end it
is up to you to formulate objectives, develop a plan, and follow
through to realize your career goals. While you may enjoy your
share of luck, success seldom falls in your lap. Furthermore, if
you ignore the basic principles of career management, an unexpected
setback could badly damage your long-term prospects. Here are six
steps towards success in your career:
  1. Take a good look at yourself.Understand your needs. What is
    important to you? What are you passionate about? A career spans
    many years. It can be hard to maintain enthusiasm, excitement and
    energy unless you believe in what you are doing. Look for the right
    balance in of career, earnings and fulfillment. Are you aiming for
    the top or is family more important? What are your unique talents
    and abilities? It makes sense to play to your strengths.
  2. Research career optionsand prioritize. Discover what skills and
    experience various careers require ahead of time. What is a good
    fit for you with your skill set?
  3. Map a pathfrom where you are to where you want to be. Think
    strategically and long-term about your career. Don’t place too much
    emphasis on compensation early on. It may be more important to
    develop the skills and experience to “set you up.” Your action plan
    should build upon your strengths and improve your weaknesses.
    Establish firm bases for the future. If the platform is secure, you
    can usually survive a mistake or setback.
  4. Don’t ignore ongoing training.Acquiring the additional skills,
    knowledge and education needed for your new career is fundamental.
    Also consider getting some unique experience which will help
    differentiate you in the market place.
  5. Market yourself.Don’t take an overly conservative or narrow
    view. Consider start-ups and smaller organizations where you will
    get more responsibility. But always target companies that are
    excellent at what they do, and that place importance on developing
    staff, particularly at the beginning of your career. Don’t forget
    to network! A well-developed list of professional contacts can open
    doors for you.
  6. Seek ongoing career management.Continue to examine, evaluate
    and refine. The marketplace can change quickly. Be prepared for
    unexpected opportunities as well as setbacks. Don’t ignore the
    value of mentors. Establish at least one quality mentor in the
    field you hope to pursue. Also, use advisors and experts often.
    Their experience, advice and influence may prove invaluable.

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The amount of knowledge you have about a potential employer, and
on the industry in which you hope to work can give you a
competitive edge. This pertains both to making initial contact with
employers and before going on interviews. In addition, having
information on a company is also invaluable when it comes to
evaluating a job offer.
You should know the company’s industry, what they do, who some
major clients are, and the names of some of the company’s
higher-ups, i.e. CEO, President, etc. You should also know who is
in charge of hiring for the position you are seeking.
Here are some resources to find company information.
  1. Corporate Websites-Most businesses use their home pages as a
    marketing or communication tool for generating and retaining
    business. They may also provide annual reports, news articles,
    business ventures, and information about products and services. You
    should spend a good portion of your research time reviewing the
    information available at your company’s home page. You can locate a
    company’s web page by using a search engine such as www.google.com.
  2. Directories-Here you can get information on public and private
    companies, although you may be limited with private company
    information. A couple sites to check out are: http://www.corporateinformation.com/
    & http://www.hoovers.com/free/.
  3. Press Releases-Like an annual report, press releases present
    information in a way that appeals to the media, and in turn to the
    consumer. They are generally written by professionals who know how
    to make even the most damaging news somewhat palatable. If you need
    to find out newsworthy information about a company they are a good
    source.
  4. Local newspapers-Local newspapers usually publish articles
    about companies in their city or town. This is often the only place
    you will find information on small, local companies. Some
    newspapers publish special business sections once a week. You will
    also find information about employees at those companies. Should
    someone win an award or special recognition, a local newspaper is
    where you would find it. You are probably wondering what this bit
    of trivia could mean to you. Well, imagine this scenario. You learn
    you are going to be interviewed by Joanne Manager. You do a little
    research and find out that she just won a 10 kilometer race. It
    just so happens that you’re a runner as well. Isn’t this a great
    way to establish rapport?
  5. National Newspaper-While the New York Times is not
    planning to change its name to the U.S. Times, it can
    serve as a source of national information. The same can be said of
    other newspapers across the country, like The Boston
    Globe
    , The Chicago Tribune, and The Washington
    Post
    , to name only a few. Articles on larger U.S. and
    international companies are featured in the pages of these
    publications. If something newsworthy happens you will probably
    find it in any large newspaper. Many are also available
    online.
  6. Business Journals-The most well known is The Wall Street
    Journal
    . There are also smaller, more local business journals.
    You can find information on local companies as well as companies
    with a wider geographic scope. These journals provide a good way of
    tracking who has moved where, what companies have what clients, and
    which companies are relocating to your area. Openings of new
    businesses should also be announced in a business journal.
  7. Industry Journal-These publications follow companies within
    different industries. This is a great way to become more
    knowledgeable about the industry in general. You can look at trends
    and upcoming changes to determine how you can best make an impact.
    Remember, you are trying to show potential employers what you can
    do for them.
  8. Professional Journals-These journals keep you apprised of
    goings on in your field. In addition to providing company
    information, professional journals give insight into changes in a
    particular field. These publications also contain advice about how
    to do your job better. Being able to discuss new medical billing
    software with the office manager of a doctor’s office will show
    your level of expertise and interest in the field.

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In January, total employment in the United States grew in excess of 200,000 jobs for the second consecutive month. The Labor Department reports 243,000 positions were added in the month and revisions show 203,000 were added in December. The U.S. unemployment rate fell from 8.5 to 8.3 percent despite an influx of more than 500,000 workers into the civilian labor market.

Furthermore, revisions to previous numbers, based on more complete data, show the employment situation may not have been as bad as first reported. Unemployment peaked at 10 percent for a single month in October 2009 before starting to fall. Past reports had unemployment remaining at or above 10 percent for three months. Revisions to 2011′s establishment data also show nearly 266,000 more jobs were created during the year than previously reported, accounting for nearly a 20 percent improvement.
Growth did not appear overly clustered in any specific sector in January, but rather it was spread throughout many
sectors. Manufacturing added 50,000 positions, mostly in durable goods, likely an extension of holiday spending which seemed to disproportionately lean towards such items. Food services and drinking places added 33,000 positions, healthcare added 31,000 and construction added 21,000. In the temporary help or contract
staffing space, employment grew by 20,100 after having been relatively flat in recent months.

The unemployment rate among those who hold a four-year degree rose from 4.1 to 4.2 percent in January, but that was mostly driven by an increase in those who hold such a degree looking for work. Actual employment by those with a four-year degree rose by 291,000 in January. The management, professional and related occupations unemployment rate fell year over year from 4.7 percent to 4.3 percent. The unemployment rate for those in sales or related
occupations also fell, from 9.1 to 8.2 percent from a year ago.

The recovery from the Great Recession has been characterized by fits and starts. Indeed, when comparing the speed
of the labor market’s recovery to past recessions, our current path is both longer and slower than any recovery over the last half century. The improvements seen over the last few months though, point to the beginning of a virtuous cycle, with an unemployment rate falling more precipitously than would have been projected just a few months ago.

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Somebody once said, “Nothing is more uncommon than common
sense.” Accordingly, here are 30 things I think common sense should
dictate:
  1. Leave for the interview with plenty of time to spare for the
    unexpected: traffic jam, car trouble, etc.
  2. Never go to an interview with a full bladder.
  3. Never chew gum, and obviously not tobacco.
  4. Don’t allow the job title to influence your decision.
  5. Wear conservative business attire. If the venue is very casual,
    overdress slightly. (Men: wear a sport jacket and tie. Women: wear
    tailored separates.)
  6. Never consider moving anywhere your family has no desire to
    live.
  7. Never ask to use the hiring authority’s phone.
  8. Don’t look at your watch.
  9. Remove your sunglasses.
  10. Maintain eye contact, but don’t stare.
  11. Listen intently, so you don’t have to keep repeating, “I’m
    sorry, but could you say that again?”
  12. Don’t ask about perks.
  13. Ask for the spelling of the interviewer’s name and write it
    down.
  14. Don’t mention a salary range in your resume or during an
    interview.
  15. Don’t tailor your personality in an attempt to charm your
    interviewer.
  16. Remain silent about your personal problems.
  17. Go to the interview unaccompanied.
  18. Don’t park at a meter or in a tow zone.
  19. Don’t drop names.
  20. Schedule nothing around your interview that will create a time
    crunch.
  21. Turn off your cell phone.
  22. Keep your eyes off the interviewer’s desk.
  23. Don’t handle anything, especially personal belongings.
  24. Get a haircut and shave if you need one.
  25. Avoid strong fragrances.
  26. Never be sarcastic.
  27. If required to drive others, perhaps to lunch, obey the law,
    exercise caution, and stay calm.
  28. Never criticize anyone, especially an employer.
  29. If asked to complete a form or application, fill in every
    space. Never write, “See resume.”
  30. Don’t linger. A long farewell is annoying.

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