“If You Don’t Own Up to or Learn From Mistakes, I Can’t Help You”

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We asked a small business owner to give us tips on how you can impress HR—and how you can avoid making horrible mistakes when hunting for a job.

To ensure honesty, we’ve granted anonymity to this hiring manager. This informant owns an art studio for children and adults. Here are his/her thoughts about salary negotiation, firing employees, and more, as told to Aaron Weber.…

“It Quickly Becomes Apparent When Someone’s Not Going to Make It”

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We asked a hiring manager to give us tips on how you can impress HR—and how you can avoid making horrible mistakes when hunting for a job.

To ensure their honesty, we’ve granted anonymity to this operations manager at an independent retail store. Check out his/her tips for keeping your boss happy (and not ending up back on your job search), as told to Aaron Weber.…

“USING THE SAME COVER LETTERS FOR LOTS OF JOBS IS A HUGE TURN-OFF”

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We asked a (different!) hiring manager to give us tips on how you can impress HR—and how you can avoid making horrible mistakes when hunting for a job.

To ensure their honesty, we’ve granted anonymity to an assistant director for a university-based academic youth program. Check out his/her job tips on résumés and cover letters, as told to Aaron Weber. …

“Make the Connection for the Employer so They Don’t Have To”

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We asked a small business owner to give us tips on how you can impress HR—and how you can avoid making horrible mistakes when hunting for a job.

To ensure honesty, we’ve granted anonymity to this person, who owns an art studio for children and adults. Here are his/her thoughts about cover letters and preparing for job interviews, as told to Aaron Weber.…

“If You Want to Work Here, Know About Us Before You Walk in the Door”

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We asked a vice president of marketing at a business software company to give us tips on how to impress HR—and how to avoid horrible mistakes when hunting for a job.

To ensure honesty, we’ve granted anonymity to this informant, who hires for marketing, public relations, and writing positions. Here are his/her thoughts about résumés, cover letters, and interviews, as told to Aaron Weber.…