Bad Manners and Bad Applications Costly in Job Search
22% of hiring managers say they’re less likely to go with an interviewee who doesn’t send a note via email or post afterward.
See also Job Interview Blunders You thought your job interview went well, but you didn’t get the position. What happened? It could be your manners, or lack of them, says a survey from CareerBuilder. Maybe you forgot a simple gesture, like sending a thank-you note; turns out that many hiring managers see such a lapse as more than a minor faux pas, perceiving it instead as a sign of potentially serious professional shortcomings. The survey also uncovers what hiring managers seek most from resumes, and reveals how highly they value cover letters. The ultimate message: Some time-tested standards of the application process never go out of style. "While the job market has begun to move in the right direction, competition continues to remain high for open positions and job seekers need to stay on their toes," said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources for CareerBuilder. "Employers not only expect thank-you notes, but cover letters as well.” Managers representing more than 2,800 employers took part in the research. Related: Ace That Job Interview
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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