Tech Mistakes Can Trip You Up When Job Hunting

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Tech Mistakes Can Trip You Up When Job Hunting


Byline: Mark Jewell AP Personal Finance Writer

BOSTON u If thereAEs any small solace when starting a job search in this recession, itAEs the proliferation of digital technology to help you re-enter the working world.

Web sites like Indeed.com and LinkedIn.com have multiplied the number of job openings you can track and the professional contacts you can make. E-mail and smart phones make it easier to pitch yourself and set up appointments.

But think twice before picking up that BlackBerry and thumb-typing a message to the hiring manager whose e-mail address you so slyly uncovered online. In the end, landing the right job hinges on old-world skills.

"The electronic piece usually just gets your foot in the door," said Dave Willmer, executive director of Robert Half Technology, a tech industry recruiting division of Menlo Park, Calif.-based staffing consultant Robert Half International.

"But you still have to present yourself well face-to-face in an interview, and you have to have good references," he said. "I think some job candidates lose sight of that because of all the technology options and capabilities that get your name out there."

Willmer and Kate Wendleton, president of The Five OAEClock Club, a New York-based career counseling company, advise that job seekers u especially the young and tech-savvy u frequently misuse electronic gadgets and the Web and run roughshod over professional etiquette.

Some of their advice:

1. Avoid e-mail blasts: Resist the temptation to respond to each online job listing in your field, and focus on those that fit the best. Only about 6 percent of jobs are filled by candidates recruited through advertisements, said Wendleton, whose firm also conducts career research.

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