You’ve likely seen the usual closing line on an online job posting: “No phone calls, please.”

But how important is it to abide by potential employers’ requests not to call about, or even show up in person for, a job opening? How else is one to stand out in a sea of electronic applicants?

The answer: It’s very important. And there are many other ways that job seekers can differentiate themselves from the competition.

Recruiters and hiring managers largely agree that going against the “no calls” request is a surefire way of jeopardizing a first impression.

“No matter how much technology changes our world, hiring decisions will ultimately be influenced by human behavior,” says Patricia Lenkov, a New York City-based executive recruiter specializing in senior-level job searches.

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