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Career Advice

Former recruitment agency experts answer employment questions, candidly suggesting how to negotiate your salary, find a really good job, handle phone interviews, and more.

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Ways to appear unprofessional

There are many ways to appear unprofessional often without even knowing it so make sure you avoid them, so they don't cost you a job.

1. Using a overly cute email address
Example: Although you Might Think it's a clever and memorable, the employer will wonder if you will be act similarly with business correspondence if hired.

2. Using silly messages on your answering machine
Although you might think it is the funniest answering machine message ever the employer will wonder if you can take your work seriously.

3. Sending your resume and cover letter without proofreading it first
Employers will notice mistakes. The employer will wonder how careful you will be with your work if hired.

4. Winging it at the interviews instead of preparing
You may think you are good at thinking on your feet, and if stuck you can 'just BS my way through', but the employer will likely notice and will wonder if you can't prepare for the interview then will you bother preparing for presentations and meeting while at work.

5. Not sending a thank-you notes after an interviews
The employer may think you have no follow-up skills and lack common courtesy. They may also wonder if you really want the position.

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