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.”

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