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  • Job Search Etiquette: 5 Mistakes To Avoid

    photoWith 84% of employed professionals active seeking a different career opportunity and nearly 14 Million Americans unemployed, there is an abundance of job seekers in today’s market.  In a market more competitive than The Great Depression, savvy job seekers need to have their manners as polished as their shoes.

    Polish your impression

    To help polish your job search etiquette, here are 5 Job Search Etiquette Mistakes to Avoid:

    Mistake #1: Arriving late. In the days of Garmin, Google Maps and apps for everything from an iPhone to Droid and Blackberry, there’s simply no good reason for showing up late anywhere these days. Strolling in 10 minutes late to an interview because of traffic, weather or even an accident is avoidable. Job seekers that arrive late give an impression that this behavior may be their modus operandi if hired.

    Mistake #2: Too comfy, too fast. If the interviewer offers personal information, wonderful; find a way to direct the conversation back to a professional nature. Divulging that you spent the weekend at a bachelor party hitting the local “juice” bars until 3a.m. will leave a memorable impression, but is unlikely to be the impression that ends up landing you the job.

    Mistake #3: Open Bar, Open Behavior. With networking accounting for 80% of the jobs landing in today’s market, events that include alcohol are commonplace for job seekers. Make 1 drink your limit to maintain your professional composure at all times.

    Mistake #4: Act like you’re dining with your best friends during an interview over a meal. Many higher-level positions will include an interview over a meal precisely to review your manners and public behavior. Avoid ordering pastas with lots of sauce and meals that require you to use your fingers (e.g. ribs). It’s best to avoid ordering alcoholic drinks, even if the host orders one. Always be polite to the wait staff as well.

    Mistake #5: Forget the thank you note. Each person you interview with, and the administrative assistant that schedules your interviews, should receive a thank you note. Spend a few minutes to personalize the note to each person and make sure to drop it in the mail within 24 hours. Yes, the mail. Sending a handwritten thank you note, along with an email thank you note, will show that you know the value of a quality business communication and put you above the crowd.

    Spend a few minutes polishing up your job search etiquette and you’ll quickly notice yourself at the front of the crowd.


    Adriana Llames is a veteran career coach and acclaimed author of Career Sudoku: 9 Ways to Win the Job Search Game, released with top book seller Amazon.com. She is creator of  “HR In-A-Box,” a Human Resources software product helping small businesses across America and a professional keynote speaker motivating and inspiring audiences with her focused programs on “9 Ways to Win the Job Search Game”, “Confessions of a Career Coach” and “Nice Girls End Up on Welfare.” For more information, visit www.adrianallames.com


    Adriana Llames is a master career coach and acclaimed author of "Career Sudoku: 9 Ways to Win the Job Search Game", released with top book seller Amazon.com. She is the chief engagement officer at adrianallames communications and a highly sought after keynote speaker motivating and inspiring audiences with her high energy, focused programs on personal branding, social media and networking. For more information, visit www.adrianallames.com

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    2 comments on “Job Search Etiquette: 5 Mistakes To Avoid
    1. avatar
      Jeanne says:

      Nicely done…and said! I agree that the after the interview “thank you’s” and other ediquite are imparitive to anyone getting a job offer. I think I would mention one more – watch the confident -vs- compitent ratio! You absolutely want to show and talk about your experience, abilities, creativeness…anything that will get you that position – you do want to be confident and show that you are very compitent. However watch it if you er on the side of over – confidence. If you are “shhow & telling” that you can do the job, your confident and can really be an asset to the company – but your p[ersonality comes off as over – confident….or worse, arrogent – you might as well forget it. There are not many companies who want hire someone who is a jerk! So, be careful there….All of the points above ar great. Thanks for the good reminder!

    2. avatar

      I would also add an additional 5 mistakes that candidates make in the interview process:
      1) Not being specific when answering questions.
      2) Not being concise when answering questions.
      3) Talking over/interrupting the interviewer.
      4) Not being prepared with good questions for the interview.
      5) Not following up after the interview with questions or thoughts.

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