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5 Dumb Things Real Job Candidates Do

Going back to work after taking some time off to have children can be very challenging. Sure, having kids has taught you some crazy negotiating skills and has given you a super strong backbone, but it is not going to be easy proving this to potential employers. Since it has likely been awhile since you have had to look for a job, here are some things that you want to make sure you don't do.

Put Little Effort into Your Resume

Your resume and cover letter are probably the most important aspect of your job search. After all, if you don't impress anyone enough to get an interview, you definitely won't get a job. Your resume is your one chance to sell yourself, so don';t forget to proofread it and make sure everything on it is relevant. Some of the biggest mistakes seen on resumes are poor grammar or spelling, objectives that don't match the desired job, and giving too many details. Adventures in Education advises that a resume should only be one page long. In addition, include a precise cover letter. Explain why you have the gap in your career and what skills parenting taught you that you can translate to your chosen career field.

Forget About Connections

When you decide that you want to get back into the workforce, you should tell everyone you know. You may have been spending the last several years at play dates and PTA meetings, but some of the other parents may work in the industry you want to get into. If they find out that you are re-entering the workforce, they may be able to help you out with a life-changing connection.

Dress Inappropriately

When it is time for your interview, put away the mom jeans and pull out a nice business suit and your heels. You only get one chance to make a first impression, so you better make it count. It is always better to dress up than down if you are not quite sure what attire is requested. Stick with neutral colors, like black or brown, but add a piece of statement jewelry to show your personality.

Live Wild Online

When you were last in the workforce, chances are social media was nothing to think twice about. However, that is no longer the case. In fact, Sources reports that 37 percent of companies will view your social media profiles before deciding if they want to interview you. If you are not quite sure how to fix your online image, Reputation.com can help you out. They will optimize your online presence to make sure that your online reputation helps you get a job instead of hindering your chances.

Have a Bad Attitude

You are a mom now and you are very busy; nevertheless, it is very important that you don't show this at your interview. You need to be calm, collected, and very friendly. Luckily, most people find that they have increased patience after having kids, so this shouldn't be a problem. Embrace the mom within and you are sure to act with the class you need to land a job.

James Carson

James got his business degree at an Ivy League school. He's spending his summer on the East Coast writing about small business news.