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Column: Bungled job hunts, vacation procrastination, and ageism and the young

By JACKIE FARWELL

AP Business Writer

BUNGLED JOB HUNTS: A lesson for jobseekers: Run spellcheck before you send out your resume. Up to two-thirds of small businesses report finding misspellings in half of the resumes they receive.

Even worse, the same number reported that job applicants lie during the interview process, according to a survey by the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations.

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Outsourcing company ADP reported that six percent of applicants that it performed background checks on covered up something negative about their past.

Another way to make a bad impression: Show up to an interview looking like a slob. Three-quarters of companies picked "unclean" as the most negative characteristic in a job applicant. More than two-third chose "sloppy." Also unappealing were applicants who had numerous prior jobs.

Companies will have to deal with fewer of these faux pas this year, however, because many say they don’t plan to hire during the last three months of the year, due to a shaky economy.

The survey was conducted in August and included more than 350 businesses.

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