Job Search – 7 Ways Not to Get Hired

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A quarter of American workers are stuck in bad jobs.Those looking for their first jobs out of college also must look out for potential career pitfalls. In today’s market, there is little room for error, and even seemingly minor mistakes can derail a job search.

Accountemps cites seven common job search mistakes and how to avoid them:

  1. Restricting your outreach: Spread the word about your job hunt to everyone you know, including family members, friends, professors and former coworkers. Also take advantage of professional networking websites such as LinkedIn and work with staffing firms that specialize in your field.
  2. Adopting a one-size-fits-all approach: Tailor each resume and cover letter to the particular opportunity, and try to obtain the name of the hiring manager so you can personalize your cover letter.
  3. Failing to proofread: Make sure your resume and cover letter are error-free. Be vigilant about spelling, grammar and punctuation in all of your written communication, including emails and thank-you notes.
  4. Remaining in the dark: Applicants who uncover beyond-the-basics knowledge of the job and the company are better able to communicate specific ways they can contribute to the organization’s success.
  5. Posting indiscriminately: Consider your online image, and don’t post anything that would appear unprofessional (think spring break photos, rants about a former employer, etc.).
  6. Leaving a bad first impression: Make sure your voice mail greetings are clear, professional and succinct. Similarly, avoid using off-color or overly cute email addresses.
  7. Failing to thank others: Express appreciation to everyone who helps you in your job search. Also be sure to send thank-you notes to every hiring manager you meet.

By Accountemps

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