Avoidable, Common Mistakes in the Workplace

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Avoidable, Common Mistakes in the Workplace

This guest post comes from our Intern Queen Campus Ambassador Kalani Gordon who is a photojournalism student at the University of North Texas

Lately there has been a slew of articles circulating around the web about job search mistakes this, common work mistakes that, horrible unavoidable email mistakes, and on and on. I know I have had my share of job search and interview mistakes, and I&ve been part of the hiring process at two of the jobs I have been at. I know what makes bosses groan and scream in agony. I also know that most of these mistakes, once you became conscious of them, are completely avoidable!

SENDING BEFORE YOU MEAN TO / FORGETTING THE ATTACHMENT
I can&t tell you how many times I have typed up a long, thought out, well formatted email, and included at the bottom, “Attached you will find...,”...and then pressed send. Never having attached the documents. Then I feel absolutely ridiculous having to e-mail the employer back and say that I&d forgotten to attach the documents!

Take a second and review your e-mail before you send it, making sure all your components are there, it&s clear and concise, and you remember your attachments. Be respectful with your words and take pride!.

HITTING &REPLY ALL& UNINTENTIONALLY

I have gotten all kind of mass e-mails about jobs, job searches, career-fairs, get-togethers, addressed to 20+ people. Unintentionally hitting &reply all& in stead of just to the thread leader is not only inconvenient for the recipients but also embarrassing. Let&s just hope it wasn&t anything you didn&t want the rest of your office to see!

RELYING TOO MUCH ON E-MAIL

Not everyone is sitting around staring at their inbox or have their e-mail pushed to their phone directly. If it&s urgent, don&t rely on e-mail. Use your legs! Go to them, ask your question, walk back. Or if it&s not inter-office, make a call! Phones really aren&t as extinct as people may think.

NOT CHECKING YOURSELF IN THE MIRROR BEFORE YOU GO INTO AN INTERVIEW

I don&t think there is anything more deterring in a job interview than not looking professional, and, quite frankly, I don&t know how anyone can look professional with food or lipstick on their teeth! Make sure you look your best before you go in!

NOT FOLLOWING UP AFTER AN INTERVIEW

Even if you think your interview went horribly, always follow up. Sometimes the employer may think you were a fantastic candidate, even if you feel like you weren&t! A simple &thank you& note could make the difference.