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The 10 Worst Job-Search Tips Ever

The 10 Worst Job-Search Tips Ever

Liz Ryan, BusinessWeek

Give Them Everything

Give them your résumé, your cover letter, and your time in a phone-screen or face-to-face interview. But don’t give anyone your list of references until it’s clear that mutual interest to move forward exists (usually after two interviews), and don’t fill out endless tests and questionnaires in the hope of perhaps getting an audience with the Emperor. Let the employers know that you’d be happy to talk (ideally on the phone at first) to see whether your interests and theirs intersect. If there’s a good match, you’ll feel better about sharing more time and energy on whatever tests and exercises they’ve constructed to weed out unsuitable candidates. Maybe.