13 Job Search Mistakes You Might Not Even Realize You’re Making

by Maddie Lloyd

With all the hustle and bustle that comes with job searching, it’s easy for a mistake or two to slip through. We’re here to make sure that doesn’t happen.

When you’re in the middle of a job hunt, one mistake could mean getting the job, or being totally removed from the hiring process. Even something like a bad handshake or just having poor interview etiquette can totally ruin your chances of getting a job — even if you have all the right qualifications and experience.

Here’s the deal:

Trying to get a job can be challenging, and with so many things that can go wrong, it’s important that you do everything right. There are so many mistakes you could be making along the way that are so common — you might not even realize you’re making them!

With that in mind, these are the 13 most common job search mistakes you could making, and how to avoid them:

1. Having too much information on your resume and cover letter

There’s really no need to list every single job you’ve ever had, your high school graduation, every course you took in college, and what you like to do in your spare time. You only have a few seconds to make an impression, so you’ll want it to be that you’re focused and concise, not that you overshare and have no editing skills.

Employers just want the good stuff — they want to know your best qualifications as quickly as possible. Tell them what you can do for the company on day one. You can go more into detail during the interview.

2. Not tailoring your resume to match the job qualifications

Your resume needs to show employers that you’re the perfect, or as close to perfect as possible, person for the job. This means that you’re going to have to edit your resume for every job you apply for, and make sure that you reflect the job requirements in your qualifications and experience.

You might be a fantastic square dancer, but that won’t matter if the employer is looking for someone who’s good at math. Instead of talking up your dancing skills, describe how your perfect understanding of geometry has allowed you to choreograph an award-winning square dance routine.

If you can show employers that you’re perfectly suited for the position, you’re sure to land an interview.

12. Not having questions to ask the interviewer

Every job interview ends with the inevitable question “Do you have any questions for me?” You should always go into the interview with a list of questions ready to ask the interviewer about the company and their goals.

Some questions you can ask are:

  • ”What does a typical workday look like?”
  • ”What is your favorite part of working here?”
  • ”Can you tell me a little about the history of this position?”

Just remember, the only wrong answer to this question is “No.”

See all 13 mistakes and the complete article

5 things you definitely shouldn’t do during your job search in 2018

By Jane Burnett

With the new year come plenty of opportunities to get your job search right.

This is what you shouldn’t do during your job search in 2018.

1) Allude to your age

Don’t give anyone a reason to doubt your skills.

Peter Economy, a ghostwriter and author, writes in Inc. that you should not include “age identifiers” on your resume or LinkedIn page.

“Don’t list those positions you had a long time ago, and leave off graduation dates,” he writes. “Age discrimination does exist, and you at least want to get your foot in the door for an interview so they can see how awesome you are at creating age-irrelevance.”

2) Fail to be your own champion

Marcello Barros, author of The International Advantage: Get Noticed. Get Hired!, writes about this in The Muse.

“Some people spend precious emotional energy assuring themselves that the hunt is taking as long as it is because they simply aren’t good enough,” he writes. “And when you stop believing in yourself, you’re in trouble. Don’t rush into a decision like taking a position you feel uneasy about or heading back to school simply out of fear. Instead remind yourself of all the reasons you might not be getting a call back that have nothing to do with you (like if you’ve been applying to roles you truly aren’t qualified for).”

See all 5 things and the complete TheLadders article

Want a new job in 2018 but don’t have time to find one? Seven top tips on how to search for a fresh role when you’re already employed

By Lee Boyce for Thisismoney.co.uk

A new year signals the potential for a fresh start – and top of the list for many is ditching the current job and finding an exciting opportunity elsewhere.

Perhaps the current role has become stale, you don’t like your boss or maybe it is time simply for a new challenge in 2018 – or a combination of all three.

Job seeking can be tough, especially when you already have a job. David Whitby, careers specialist at Glassdoor UK has given us seven top tips to make sure your employment search doesn’t become a second full-time stressful job.

As part of This is Money’s interview cheat sheet series, David gives potential job seekers all the advice they need to help next year become the one in which you secure a new role.

He says: ‘The last thing you want to do when you get back from a long day at work is plonk down at your laptop to spend hours fine-tuning your CV, cranking out job applications and crafting tailored cover letters.

‘Often, either your work performance suffers or your motivation to find a new position does.

That’s not even to mention the logistical nightmare of scheduling phone screens, in-person interviews and presentations when you work a full nine-to-five.

‘But finding a new job doesn’t have to feel like a full-time job. With a few adjustments to your process and habits, it’s entirely possible to avoid burnout – or getting caught by your current boss.’

Here are his tips:


It may seem a strange thing to do, but try to appear even more enthusiastic and satisfied at work than normal.

If you are down about your current job, most people have trouble hiding it and give off an ‘I’ve had enough’ vibe.

This can lead to unwanted attention and might mean you get caught out. Throw your colleagues off the scent by appearing to be content.

At the very least, it will trick your mind into a temporary state of engagement with work.

See tips 1-6 and the complete article

These Former Googlers Created An AI Tool To Improve Crappy Resume Writing

By Lydia Dishman

“Resumes suck,” declares Richard Liu, cofounder and CEO of  Leap.ai. So Liu, Google’s former head of engineering at Project Fi, set out to fix it with fellow Google vet Yunkai Zhou.

Your resume is essential to your job hunt, but recruiters and hiring managers spend as little as six seconds scanning it to decide if you’ll get an interview.

No wonder there is a surfeit of advice on gaming resumes to stand out–whether you concentrate on the part recruiters tend to look at first, trim it to the perfect, readable length, and upgrade it for maximum impact.

Liu says that part of the problem lies in the job search itself. The resume is a vehicle for a job seeker who’s actively scanning multiple openings and is usually tailoring their resume to suit whatever the job description requires. With the help of AI, he contends, it’s possible to create both a more intelligent resume for recruiters to use and more intelligent job search for the applicant.

Read the full Fast Company article

It’s possible to be both content with your job and ready to move on

 Marco Buscaglia, Tribune Content Agency

The job search has become a full-time reality for most people. Even those with fulfilling, lucrative work feel like they have to be on the lookout for the next big thing. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Bottom line: If you like your job, keep it.

“That doesn’t mean that you, in terms of keeping yourself attractive to other employers, ‘let yourself go,'” says Bonnie Nylek, a career coach in Morristown, N.J. “But you don’t need to feel like you have to be on a continual job search. Give yourself a break and enjoy the job you have. And be an active participant in keeping your credentials and contacts current. That’s not actively looking for a job, that’s just being a realist.”

Still, there’s always that looming wrecking ball just around the corner. “That’s the fear for most people,” says Nylek. “Things may be going exceptionally well, but that doesn’t mean a round of layoffs won’t be coming next week. That’s why they overstress about work at times and may make a move to a new job because of unconfirmed worries about their current position.”

Stress-free strategies

There is a happy medium, says Deborah Brown-Volkman, career coach and president of Surpass Your Dreams in East Moriches, N.Y. She offers these tips to help you remain gainfully employed.

1. Be confident about the future: Call it what you want, but if you tell yourself something bad will happen to your job, it just might. Instead of dwelling on the “what if” scenarios, focus on an “I’m OK” philosophy. Your employer may change, but tell yourself you will always be employed and reality will likely follow suit, she says.

See strategies 2-5 and the complete article

Answering 15 Common Job Interview Questions – An Executive Recruiter’s Advice

by Meg Guiseppi

If you’re job-hunting and job interviews are looming, you’ve probably done some research on what kinds of questions you’ll be asked.

If you have no idea what you may be asked, and expect to nail interviews with zero preparation, you may be in for some very uncomfortable and awkward conversations, combined with that sinking feeling afterwards that you didn’t come across well at all.

You need to be prepared, as best you can, for anything they may ask you. If something comes at you from left field – a question you’ve never heard anyone ask in an interview – rely on telling a short career success story.

In your interview prep work, one important exercise is going back to the CARs (Challenge – Action – Results) strategy you should have used to develop content for your resume, bio, LinkedIn profile, etc, around the valuable contributions you’ve made to current and past employers . . . the things you’ve done for them that boosted revenue, streamlined operations, increased profit margin, improved team performance, etc.

Certain questions and conversation prompts are inevitable in job interviews and, even if you haven’t researched what these are, you can probably guess:

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?

In your research, you’ll probably come across these common questions, but you may not come across sound advice for how to answer them.

An Executive Recruiter’s Advice on Answering 15 Common Job Interview Questions

Recruiter Jeff Lipschultz is a founding partner of A-List Solutions, a Dallas-based recruiting and employment consulting company. He’s also Job-Hunt.org’s Working with Recruiters Expert.

His article, Smart Answers to 15 Common Interview Questions, is one of the best and most helpful I’ve seen for how to prepare the best possible answers.

Jeff advises that it’s really all about differentiating yourself and the value you offer.

How do you know what differentiates you from competing candidates? Do the personal branding work to identify the unique set of qualities and qualifications you possess that no one else does.

Along with the 3 questions I noted above, Jeff zeroes in on how to handle these:  … see the questions, the answers, and the complete ExecutiveCareerBrand article