From U.S. News & World Report's career blogs, here's an article on how to plaster your face with day-glo orange "warning!" signs that will make your interviewer squirm. There are easier ways to scare off a prospective employer than putting on your Halloween fright-wig.
Actually, if it even appears likely you would commit any of 10 of these ill-advised faux pas, you probably won't advance from the stack of incoming applications to the interview phase.
So that means combing through your resume and cover letter to make sure that there are no gotcha issues--like your list of people willing to vouch for you as a reference, where nary a one is qualified to comment objectively on your working habits and capacities. (Your mom, your second-grade teacher, and your postal delivery person all fit in that category.)
Thanks and a tip o' the hat to Joyce Tesar, for passing along this article!