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7 Mistakes to Avoid in the Job Hunt

August 8, 2013 7:23pm (EDT)
7 Helpful Hints to Help Your Job Hunt be Successful
7 Helpful Hints to Help Your Job Hunt be Successful

Finding a job isn’t always easy, but there are helpful hints that can make the job hunt easier and help you to avoid mistakes along the way.

Jessica Holbrook Hernandez, the CEO of Great Resumes Fast, is a contributing writer for Careerealism.com and also is an expert resume writer, career and personal branding strategist, author, and presenter. In her most recent article, she gives the “7 Mistakes Job Seekers Make.”

1. The Aimless Search

If you’re sending out resumes without knowing what your ideal job is, you’re wasting your valuable time. Be sure to sit down and define what type of job you’re looking for. This way, you’ll have a more focused search and can create a goal-oriented resume to match.

2. Bad Interviewing Habits

Do you have bad interviewing habits? Be sure to learn about appropriate body language and ways to address interviews so that you can always come across as a confident candidate with plenty to offer.

3. Bad-Mouthing A Previous Employer

Many interviewees get stuck with the question, “Why did you leave your previous employer?” While you may want to say that your previous boss was a jerk, this is not the time or place to mention it. So if you’re asked this question, just say you were looking for new opportunities to broaden your horizon.

4. Not Attending Job Fairs

Great networking opportunities can be found at job fairs, not just with company representatives but other job fair attendees.

5. Wearing Unprofessional Attire

When interviewing, company representatives are watching your every move, including how you’re dressed. If your attire is too casual, sexy, or plain outrageous, your amazing resume or interviewing skills may do little to get you hired.

6. Forgetting To Follow Up

Another mistake to avoid is not following up with an employer after your interview. To make sure you remain on the employer’s mind, send a follow-up e-mail of about three or four paragraphs that summarizes your skills, reiterates your eagerness to be hired, and thanks the entire staff for their time.

7. Sending An Ultra-Long Resume

Focus on related positions and highlighting the top moments in your career, and you can easily reduce your resume to two or three pages.

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