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What NOT to do While Applying for Jobs

Almost daily my coworkers and I are entertained by the most ridiculous antics job seekers pull. Understand this- nobody owes you a job. There are probably many people more qualified for a job than you. Someone, somewhere, might deserve a job more than you. Job seeking is not an entitlement game and, I promise, you will get nowhere by acting like it is. Each employer has a process that for whatever reason or purpose, they are required to follow for each and every interested candidate. You will not be an exception. So please don’t- for the love of all that is good- commit any of these application crimes during your search.

1. Do not be rude to support staff. Receptionists, drug test administrators, payroll specialists, etc. are all a part of an organization that has the potential to be your employer.

2. Do not assume or behave as if the employer is out to get you in any way. Rarely would an employer have any reason to assume anything but the best of you. They want an employee, you want to be employed…everybody wins!

3. Do not show up without announcement. Professional people make appointments. Just arriving and expecting to have someone spend time with you is rude and will often result in the hiring manager being irritated with you. This is not a great first impression.

4. Do not tell your life story. During a meet and greet time, or in an interview, it is not appropriate to share details of your personal life or the challenges you may be facing in finding work. Do not share personal details with anyone. If you’re bored in a lobby, grab a magazine. Do not torment the receptionist with information she didn’t ask for.

5. Do not bring your children. Pick a day and find a time when you can go alone to apply and/or meet with a hiring manager. Not only does it appear unprofessional to bring your kids, children are unpredictable and sometimes very disruptive in an office environment.

6. Do not make or take calls or interact with your cell phone in any way throughout the duration of your time completing the application process.

If you avoid making any of these application or interview mishaps, you will be that much closer to snagging a great job.

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Jesika Moffitt

Jesika works as a Recruiter & Placement Manager for a staffing service. She has an M.A. in Corporate & Organizational Communication from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and hopes to teach someday soon.