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How Overeager Job Hunters Can Thwart Their Efforts

A jobless marketing manager recently touted his accomplishments to New York search firm Canny, Bowen.

He simultaneously sent the same cover letter and resume to more than 150 other executive recruiters — and identified every recipient on his e-mail’s distribution list. The shotgun approach helped chill the chances of Canny, Bowen proposing him for any vacancy.

“We get a half-dozen mass mailings like this every week,” reports Gregory Gabel, a managing director. “Two years ago, I never used to get these.”

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