published Sunday, September 9th, 2012

How to avoid major job-hunting mistakes

Whether you are a new graduate or recently unemployed, competition remains fierce in the current job market. Things you may never guess could be eliminating you as a candidate. Are you making some major interview mistakes without even knowing it?

Unprofessional online presence

In today's modern world where sharing personal information happens 24/7/365 on the Internet, it's very important to monitor your online presence when applying for jobs. That means even before you submit a résumé, you should do an Internet search on your name to see the results, update your social media pages, and make sure your activity on photo and video sites is appropriate.

Start by cleaning up your online profiles, including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube. Delete inactive accounts and update the privacy settings on current ones.

Not smiling and crooked teeth

Nearly one-third of Americans say the first aspect of someone's face they typically notice is his or her teeth, according to a recent Kelton study.

Teeth also influence perceptions regarding an individual's potential for professional and financial success. The study found that, when looking at images, Americans perceive those with straight teeth to be 45 percent more likely than those with crooked teeth to get a job when competing against someone with a similar skill set and experience.

Bad posture and body language

During an interview, it's not just your experience and answers to questions that get noticed.

Within the first few minutes of an interview, your body language provides many different cues to the hiring manager. Be confident, yet relaxed.

Remember to make eye contact and have good posture.

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