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The 10 Worst Job Hunting Mistakes

The 10 Worst Job Hunting Mistakes

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Whether you are a first-time job-seeker or you’re a veteran in your field, it is important that you take the right steps toward landing you ideal job. There’s more to a successful job search than ironing your best suit and printing out extra resumes.

Today’s employers are looking for the best of the best, and one typo on your cover letter can can get you thrown into the “Do Not Call” pile. Avoid these common mistakes to score your dream job.

6. Failing to Customize Your Cover Letter

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If you are applying to many of the same positions at different locations, it is tempting to cut and paste your cover letter, substituting the appropriate employer name and position title. But job-seeker beware! Employers can sniff out a cut-and-paste cover letter from a mile away. If you notice that your department-of-choice has begun to do work in the counter-terorrism field, and you have a 5 years of counter-terrorism, military, or security experience, you can tailor your cover letter to mention it.

By using a cut-and-paste cover letter, you also risk leaving in an incorrect employer by not thoroughly re-reading what you wrote. A letter that is meant for the Department of Energy should not say Department of Defense.


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    cejones6

    almost 6 years ago

    30 comments

    I concur. The email address example provided, as a former hiring manager, does not inspire me to contact that person and even less to consider hiring them.

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    misiuplease

    about 6 years ago

    90 comments

    Bull...t!
    The person on interview is not same at job duty if hired!
    Same as the person you marry is not the same in life!

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    MWHITE

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    This article was very helpful. Thank you for the career brush up.

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    Jbishop07

    about 6 years ago

    6 comments

    I have a BA in Comparative religion and M.E. Studies, but I'm having a hard time finding a job as well. I would love to even get an interview, but I'm not sure if it's the economic times and ppl just are not hiring, or if I am looking in completly the wrong places. Be nice to try out my interviewing skills.

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    Dude781999

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I was recently in an interview and the hiring mgr. knew less about the position than I did. I do not think I was over qualified, but the hiring mgr. knew very little about regulatory requirements for the position I was seeking.
    It is hard to NOT emphasize your skills without being considered overqualified.
    The interview skills of the hiring mgr. should give a hint as to how to tailor your responses as the interview progresses.

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    Roberts

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    have a B.A and I am working in motel as a housekeeper because I can't get a job in my field which is either working as an assistant in an office, or working as a teachers assistant I am working now on my Masters in Educational Counseling. Help me because I am depressed and I need a job.

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    peacebe

    about 6 years ago

    33902 comments

    Great reminders.

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    Account Removed

    about 6 years ago

    Please don't keep say "I" in your resume!

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