1. Giving out references that don't sing your praises You don’t want a reference to damn you with faint praise. Ask if the person is willing to say you walked on water. If not, find another reference.
2. Laying out your résumé in a microscopic fontToo many candidates think they need to fit all of their qualifications onto a single, illegible page. Either cut down the word count or let the copy flow onto a second page.
3. Failing to say glowing things about your former employerEven if you were laid off from your last job, find a way to say positive things about your last employer. Hiring managers identify with your former boss, not with you.
5. Talking too much at the start of an interviewIt’s fine to give a 30-second summary of your accomplishments, but then you should go into questioning and listening mode, and respond to the interviewer’s cues.
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