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Have you been applying to jobs and not hearing back? Don't worry, that doesn't mean you're a bad candidate. You could just have a resume that needs some serious help.

In the current job market, employers are swamped with eager candidates, so they won't think twice before discarding an applicant. One great way to get your resume trashed? Waste time on things employers don't care about. Here's three of them:

If you're contacted by a recruiter, or out searching for jobs on your own, at some point you will probably be asked about your salary history. If you've been raking it in -- well, horray! Whipping out your big paycheck can let potential employers know that you're worth it, at least in the minds of past bosses.

But if you're not making much, or feel like you're underpaid, revealing your salary history can put you at a significant disadvantage when it comes time to negotiate compensation later.

What's a lateral to do?

Behavioral interviewing is becoming more and more common among employers, career website The Ladders reports. What's behavioral interviewing, you ask? Even if you don't know what it is, you've probably experienced it before.

"Tell me about a time where you had to complete a project on a deadline" or "Talk about how you would tell your boss he made a mistake." That's behavioral interviewing, which focuses less on abstract questions and more on getting specific examples of your qualifications.

Here are some techniques you can use at your next behavioral interview:

Tattoos and piercings aren't just reserved for sailors and punk rockers anymore. According to a Harris Interactive survey, 22 percent of adults between 18 to 24 and 30 percent of adults 25 to 29 have tattoos -- as well as whopping 38 percent of adults between 30 and 39.

Most women have their ears pierced, but more and more men have a least one ear piercing, and a growing number of people have other facial piercings. In a legal job market that's still not doing so well, could piercings and tattoos be an impediment to getting a job?

According to James Leipold of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), job prospects for new lawyers are improving. With law school enrollment rates falling 19 percent from the Class of 2013 to the Class of 2017, new law graduates will likely face less competition for jobs.

Where are these new jobs though?

How many of you went to law school thinking you'd be public service attorneys and save the world, or big firm corporate attorneys raking in the dough? Chances are, there is probably going to be a lot of competition for jobs in these popular practice areas.

You may want to think outside of the box and growing practice areas like these:

Your resume is the first impression you make with employers. If it doesn't grab the employer's attention, you'll never get the chance to make your case to them in an interview.

CNN reports that, on average, human resource managers receive more than 75 resumes for each open position. How can you stand out from the crowd?

Consider these five techniques to elevate your resume:

Many people dreamed of the big firm job when they entered law school. But how many considered being a contract attorney?

With hiring for full-time attorney positions down since the recession, many new graduates are turning to contract work as an alternative career path.

Should you consider a career as a contract attorney? Here are some pros and cons:

A friend you knew in law school started his own law firm and is hiring. Congratulations, you have an advantage!

Many employers would prefer to hire someone they know over a stranger. Your lawyer friend knows how wonderfully smart and capable you are. He thinks you'd be a great addition to his law firm. But is it a wise idea to work for a friend?

Of course! But, keep these five tips in mind to maintain your friendship and sanity:

You're at the end of a law firm job interview and everything's going well. You smiled at all the right times, appeared interested, and shook hands like a pro. Just don't screw up these last few minutes and you might actually have a shot at this job.

Then the interviewer asks, "Do you have any questions for me?" Uh oh. Questions for you? What if you don't ask the right questions? Or any questions? Should you even ask questions?

To start, yes, it's a good idea to ask questions at the end of an interview. It looks like you're engaged and interested, plus you also get substantive questions answered. So instead of suddenly sweating from every part of your body, relax and take a look at these questions that you actually should be asking:

Is the American Bar Association finally taking law school debt seriously?

On Monday, the ABA's House of Delegates adopted Resolution 106, which "encourages law schools to offer comprehensive debt counseling and debt management education" to students and encourages bar associations to provide the same for newly admitted lawyers.

But curiously missing from the two-paragraph resolution is any serious discussion of employment statistics, law school prices, and the unwillingness of the ABA to do anything about these issues.