The Sobering Truth by Joe Hodowanes: Article Analysis

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Hodowanes, Joe. “The Sobering Truth.” Tampa Tribune, 13 Jan. 2008. Web. 13 Jan 2008.
There are seven common mistakes people make when preforming job-searches. The first mistake people make is to tell a potential employer you left your last position of employment due to personal differences with you and your boss. The next mistake someone makes is not bragging about what you can do and why this company needs you as an employee. Another common mistake is focusing on your personal needs rather than the needs of your potential employer. Yet another mistake job-searchers make is speaking too fast when leaving a voicemail. The next mistake is not making sure that you and your potential employer are compatible. Another important mistake is to make sure you don’t burn your bridges with networking contacts. And last but not least, make sure that you have a purpose behind what you are trying to accomplish.

The seven major mistakes pointed out in this article are very insightful for someone searching for new employment. I think the first two are the most important ones to avoid making. I have been in management for many years and I know firsthand these are mistakes that employers are looking for. I personally would add on two more common mistakes that job-searchers make to this article though. The first mistake would be that you should dress to impress. If you look sloppy, more than likely, your work will be sloppy as well. Secondly, be early to the interview. If you can’t show up to work on time before you’re even hired, how can you be expected to show up on time if you are hired?
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