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With casual dress codes, increased flexibility, and remote workers, most businesses are less traditional than they once were. Yet, according to a survey from staffing firm Accountemps, one job search practice that maintains its importance is the thank-you note. When making a decision about who to hire, eighty percent of human resources (HR) managers state that they take thank-you messages into account. Unfortunately, the survey found that only 24 percent of applicants sent thank-you messages, down from 51 percent in 2007.  HR managers were asked, " When it comes to making a hiring decision, how helpful is it when a promising job candidate sends you a thank-you message following his or her job interview? " Their responses: Very helpful 22% Somewhat helpful 58% Not very helpful 12% Not helpful at all 8% Total 100% HR managers say the most suitable methods of following up after an interview are email (94 percent) and a handwritten note (86 percent). "Civility counts when looking for a job," said Michael Steinitz, executive director for Accountemps. "Acknowledging a hiring manager for the time he or she has given you demonstrates your enthusiasm, professionalism and attention to detail. With so few job seekers writing thank-you notes, a well-crafted message can help you stand out from other candidates." Steinitz added, "Those who forego thank-you notes may be missing out on a prime opportunity to leave a good impression, especially if competition for the position is tight." Accountemps provides the following do's and don'ts for giving thanks: Do add value.  Instead of writing a generic note, customize the message by mentioning a skill that wasn't brought up during the interview or expounding on a topic that was discussed. Don't delay.  Send a thank-you note within 24 hours. Some employers make hiring decisions shortly after the round of interviews is complete, and you don't want to risk sending your note after that window has closed. Do proofread.  Sending a thank-you message can backfire if you go about it the wrong way. Typos and grammatical mistakes may come across as a lack of attention to detail. Take the time to review, revise and refine your thank-you note. Don't be pushy.  If you don't hear from the employer within a week of the interview, it's appropriate to follow up with a phone call or another email. But do so in moderation. Persistence is laudable, but pestering can get you removed from the short list.
According to job and recruiting site  Glassdoor , the annual median base pay in  the United States  grew 1.0 percent year over year (YOY) in  February 2018  to  $51,975 . The  Glassdoor Local Pay Reports  show pay growth is up from a revised 0.6 percent growth last month. Pay growth peaked more than a year ago in  January 2017  at a revised 3.4 percent. The biggest declines in YOY pay growth in February included  bartender  (down 6.8 percent to  $29,969 ),  professor  (down 2.9 percent to  $87,067 ),  maintenance worker  (down 2.4 percent to  $39,490 ) and  quality engineer  (down 2.0 percent to  $70,485 ).  Jobs with the Fastest Pay Growth Rank Job Title % Wage Growth YoY (Feb 2017-Feb 2018) Median Base Pay 1 Delivery Driver 5.4% $43,771 2 Restaurant Cook 4.6% $29,034 3 Financial Advisor 4.4% $54,906 4 Truck Driver 4.4% $53,932 5 Bank Teller 4.1% $29,398 6 Medical Technologist 3.9% $54,582 7 Network Engineer 3.6% $71,103 8 Attorney 3.4% $99,270 9 Web Developer 3.2% $65,013 10 Field Engineer 3.0% $71,805 For a list of  j obs with the biggest pay declines, visit the Glassdoor Economic Research  blog .
Acing an interview is an important step in landing a job, but it's no easy feat, and your time to show yourself off is limited. According to a new CareerBuilder survey conducted by The Harris Poll, around half of employers (49 percent) know within the first five minutes of an interview if a candidate is a good or bad fit for a position, and only 8 percent make up their mind within a half hour or longer. This survey was conducted online by The Harris Poll from November 28 to December 20, 2017 and included a representative sample of 1,014 hiring managers and human resource professionals across industries and company sizes (of which, 888 are in the U.S. private sector). "There's a lot riding on an interview — you have to make a great first impression, have knowledge of your target company and its product, and know exactly how to convey that you're the perfect fit for the job," said  Rosemary Haefner , chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder. "The best thing you can do for yourself is to prepare and practice everything from your body language to answers to standard interview questions. You never get a second chance to make a first impression, so going in well-prepared is key." The Most Unusual Things People Have Done in Job Interviews When you're not prepared, crazy things can happen. When asked to share the most unusual things job candidates have done during the interview process, employers and hiring managers recalled the following: Candidate did not have the skills to do the job and stated, "Fake it until you make it" as his personal philosophy. Candidate asked interviewer if she was qualified to be doing her job. Candidate asked for a cocktail. Candidate asked to taste the interviewer's coffee. Candidate called a government job "something government-y." Candidate came to interview wearing slippers. Candidate wore a  Darth Vader  outfit to the interview. Candidate spent a lot of time quoting  Dwight D. Eisenhower , which had nothing to do with the position he was interviewing for. Candidate leaned far forward with his head down during the first five minutes of the interview. Candidate offered interviewer pumpkins and said they transfer good energy. Candidate pulled out a bag of drugs with his keys. Candidate broke out in song in the middle of the interview. 10 Mistakes That Will Instantly Destroy Your Chances Even if you are the best candidate for the job, you can see a potential offer go up in smoke by making avoidable mistakes. Here are 10 instant deal breakers, according to employers:  Candidate is caught lying about something: 71 percent Candidate answers a cell phone or texts during the interview: 67 percent Candidate appears arrogant or entitled: 59 percent Candidate appears to have a lack of accountability: 52 percent Candidate swears: 51 percent Candidate dresses inappropriately: 50 percent Candidate talks negatively about current or previous employers: 48 percent Candidate knows nothing about the job or company: 45 percent Candidate has unprofessional body language: 43 percent Candidate knows nothing about the industry or competitors: 35 percent The Importance of Body Language  Sometimes your body language communicates more to another person than what you say or the tone of your voice. When asked to identify the biggest body language mistakes job seekers make during an interview, hiring managers named the following: Failure to make eye contact: 68 percent Failure to smile: 38 percent Playing with something on the table: 36 percent Fidgeting too much in his/her seat: 32 percent Bad posture: 31 percent Crossing their arms over their chest: 31 percent Playing with hair or touching one's face: 26 percent Handshake that is too weak: 22 percent Using too many hand gestures: 13 percent Handshake is too strong: 8 percent Research Method This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by The Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder among 1,014 hiring and human resource managers ages 18 and over (employed full-time, not self-employed, non-government), including 888 in the private sector  between November 28 and December 20, 2017 . Figures for company size and job level were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. About CareerBuilder® CareerBuilder is a global, end-to-end human capital solutions company focused on helping employers find, hire and manage great talent. Combining advertising, software and services, CareerBuilder leads the industry in recruiting solutions, employment screening and human capital management. CareerBuilder is majority-owned by funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC and operates in  the United States ,  Canada ,  Europe  and  Asia . For more information, visit  www.careerbuilder.com .
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