Need Work? Check Your Resume for These Mistakes

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"I'm applying everywhere but I never get a response. This is getting really frustrating since I'm about to lose my home and my husband is out of work also also. Can somebody tell me who's hiring now so I can get back to work? We need help fast."

Problem: As dire as things may seem, you have to mask your frustration and make your requests specific. Nobody can tell you everyone who's hiring, and when they read a desperate plea they'll feel badly for you, but that doesn't mean they'll help. It's a turn-off and they worry about getting involved. You don't need empathy; you need a job. So put on a happy face and frame your request positively.

Tweaked version: "No doubt you know the challenges of job searching today, so I hope you don't mind that I'm casting a wide net to find my next great position. My experience is focused on sales and customer service and I can tell you with confidence that I'd be a great asset to an organization. Might you have just one lead or suggestion that you can share with me? I'd be very grateful for your time."

That outlines your situation but makes you sound proactive, not desperate.

Tory's Web-Extra Tips

Ask someone you trust to read your important e-mail requests or pitches before you submit them.

Don't send e-mails when you're feeling down and depressed. Your mood is likely to impact the tone of your e-mail, which is not the impression you want to convey.

If you're unsure, sleep on it. Don't rush to hit "send" in a flash. Stepping away from the computer for a couple hours -- or overnight -- may lead you to a different perspective.

Tory Johnson is the workplace contributor on "Good Morning America." Connect with her at Facebook.com/Tory or Twitter.com/ToryJohnson or www.womenforhire.com.

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