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Don't Become Outdated

A lot of job seekers tend to use outdated job search techniques in the job market. Here are a few tips to get you to update your search skills.

Are you still sending hand written thank you notes?  

You may look like a dinosaur if you do this. The better thing to do is send an email as soon as you get home from the interview. Be sure to re-iterate your interest in the job (if you still want it) and thank the interviewwer for their time.

Do You Still think recruiters work for you? 

Remember folks, recruiters at staffing agencies are hired by the companies who pay them a fee for finding candidates who match their requirements. They are NOT in business to help YOU find a job. They exist to fill jobs for the companies that pay them

This means that you must take charge of your career search. Only you are responsible for your career. Don't leave it to a recruiter to get you a job. Be proactive and realistic.

Did you prepare for the phone interview?

Once you hear back from an employer your first contact will likely be a phone or skype interview. This is the your first chance to make a good impression

"It's important to dress appropriately and prepare thoroughly as you would for an in-person meeting."  

Treat your HR interviewer with respect and always assume that he or she is knowledgable on some level as to the company, the culture, and the role.  Ask questions, sit up straight and be in a place with no distractions. Focusing your attention is key to professionalis. The HR person will be looking for thiese small clues to see if you care about the interview. Don't let them down.