Erase These 3 Job Search Mistakes

March 12, 2013

Career Advice

Erase these 3 job search mistakesWe’ve covered the top 5 bad interview habits you need to break now, but there are steps you need to take before landing that elusive interview — and common errors you need to avoid. Job searching is a time of stress and doubt, which unfortunately lends itself to the occasional mistake or misunderstanding. But now you’ve got no excuses. Commit these mistakes to memory, then avoid them at all costs:

MISTAKE 1: Browsing over important details.
It may seem like a numbers game – the more resumes you send out, the higher chance you’ll have at landing an interview. However, that’s not true. A well-researched application is better than 10 poorly executed applications. First, thoroughly read each job description. If you’re applying to jobs for which you’re unqualified, you’re wasting your time. Next, double-check all the application instructions completely. If you don’t, you’re wasting your time and your potential employer’s time. And that makes no one happy.

MISTAKE 2: Overlooking typos, grammatical errors, and worse.
Spell check isn’t going to catch all of your errors – try reading your resume and cover letter aloud or scanning it backward to catch mistakes. Not only should you proofread, but you should also get a second opinion. Finally, don’t dare click “send” before double-checking the email address, greeting, and company name. You don’t want to send an email addressed to the wrong company or the wrong person.

MISTAKE 3: Selling yourself short.
Your resume and cover letter is your time to shine. If you can’t speak highly of yourself, how will anyone else? Even recent grads can pump up their resume. And you’ll definitely stand out from the pack when you use our number one resume tip: focus on results. Lastly, never underestimate the power of your soft skills – employers love them.

Image by Hannah Swithinbank.


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