"All it will take are a few responses that sound phony or overprepared, andwham! You are off the A list."
"Despite 2002's rough economy and the resulting loss of value in biotechnology companies, the pressures to develop products and shareholder value have continued to keep good people in demand."
"Writing something that is powerful and yet short is the single most difficult kind of business writing."
"If you are asked this question, you must be prepared to answer on the basis of some very specific intelligence that youve gathered about the companys range of salaries."
"She had taken her eye off the ball and been hurt by indecision and fear of the unknown. The slump monster claims another victim."
"Lets face it ... listening is tough when you are sitting across from a prospective boss, nervous and feeling like youd rather be in the dentists chair."
"The best job seekers know that how they sound has as much to do with their success as the words that they choose to speak."
Sometimes you can change your circumstances, and sometimes there is nothing you can do beyond recognizing the potential effects these may have on your job search.
Competition is tight and readers are right to be concerned. But the numbers sound scarier than they really are.
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