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A few years ago I started sending “Nice to Meet You!” emails to people after they had given me a card at a networking event. Sending a note gets their email added to my inbox so I can find it weeks or years later, but I’ve also always thought it was also just a classy move.

Sending an email says that you appreciate the person taking the time to talk to you and would like to stay connected to them going forward.

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Earlier this week, Epicurious site director David Tamarkin excitedly tweeted that they were in need of a “sharp, cooking-obsessed editorial assistant.” Within 48 hours, the posting had been mercilessly roasted by Media Twitter, and the New York State Department of Labour was even forced to intervene. What happened?

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Applying for jobs is a lot like dating: It’s a draining, often-embarrassing process that requires a lot of effort for minimal return that stretches your small talk muscles to the max. Read the situation wrong and you will find yourself locked in a horrendously unpleasant situation that you can’t escape without upending your life, so instead you try to make it work by pretending that certain important things (sex, paid time off) were actually never something you cared about.

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Almost every job interview ends with a variation of the same question: "Do you have any questions for us?" It goes without saying that you don't want to draw a blank here. However, you also don't want to ask the wrong question and invalidate the rest of the interview. This hack from the archives explains the best way to respond.

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24 years ago, Amazon was a humble online bookstore operating out of some guy's garage. Today, it's one of the world's largest companies with an annual net sales revenue of $177.7 billion. This has made its CEO Jeff Bezos the richest person on Earth by a considerable margin.

A large part of Amazon's growth can be attributed to intelligent hiring practices. Indeed, Bezos once cited talented employees as "the single most important element" of Amazon's success. He also once sent a memo to Amazon execs requiring them to consider three questions before offering someone for a job - which are relevant to all workplaces.

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Job interviews can be challenging to navigate even without the added stress of trying to diplomatically field inappropriate, invasive, or downright illegal lines of questioning. In the interest of helping future job-hunters navigate these choppy waters, we looked at some of the weirdest interview experiences and sought out expert advice on how to handle them.

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It’s becoming more common, especially with smaller businesses with a startup atmosphere, to have a casual interview where the conversation is allowed to go wherever. But while we’d all like for our job interviews to become a meeting of minds, inspiring and informative, research suggests your informal atmosphere may be shooting yourself in the foot.

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Job interviews are extremely draining experiences, even moreso if you're shy, or if you're introverted and spend a ton of energy just putting yourself out there and trying to sell yourself proactively. There's no getting around the norms of the interview, but this graphic does offer some tips for people who find it tiresome in the first place.

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Finding a new job can be a nerve-racking experience. From crafting your ideal resume to acing the interview, there are a lot of opportunities to screw things up.

To help you avoid letting bad habits shine through at the worst moments, we asked experts to highlight some of the least professional behaviour you could demonstrate that will almost certainly cost you a job. Here are 15 of their most illuminating answers that cover every step of the interview process - from resume creation to body language.