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Your Job Search: The Little Things

April 7th, 2010

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Yesterday I blogged about the little things in software development.  Big things are important, little things have the power to distract from, or reinforce, your message.

Little things, like your shoelace untied.

Or your hair messed up.

Or a stain on your shirt.

Or a resume that is folded in half, or a business card that is dog-earred, or facial hair that just seems out of place, or …

The list can go on and on.  I’m not saying that people can’t be unusual, or be independent, or go against any grain, etc.

I’m not saying it’s right for people to judge us for little indiscretions, although they do it anyway (so do you).

What I’m saying is, pay attention to the little things and perhaps you’ll come across as more professional, or the better candidate, or a strong networker, or something similar.

Don’t solely focus on the big things – make sure you pay attention to the little things.

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One response to “Your Job Search: The Little Things”

  1. And don’t forget the before and after little things. Check all the resumes (the ones that are not folded in half), cover letters and thank you notes to make sure they’re properly formatted and typo free. And don’t trust Spell Check.

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