This should be obvious to anyone with half a brain, but just in case you need a reminder, don't forget to be polite and friendly to receptionists, secretaries and interns when you are looking for a job. For one thing, they may be the keepers of crucial information about openings and contacts. They could also be in the position to "lose" the resume of an obnoxious person. But there is another reason. According to Joe Kran, president of OI Partners-Gateway International Philadelphia, companies want to make sure that their new hire fits into the corporate culture. Often hiring mangers will check with receptionists and admins for their reactions before making a hiring decision.

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