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10 ways to lose a job before you get it

Follow up every day
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"A pet peeve of mine is when candidates follow up in a very short amount of time because they're getting antsy or they follow up after a month, which is way too much time," says Cherrice Bryant, executive search consultant with The Oliver Group in Louisville, Ky.

"I am very specific when I tell candidates to mark their calendars for a certain time frame to follow up with me, and it unnerves me when they don't," she says.

Listen carefully to how you're instructed to follow up, and follow those directions or ask about the next steps in the process. If you don't hear anything for a month or so, one follow-up email is appropriate, Bryant says.

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