Common Job Hunting Mistakes

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Madison Schacht
Manager of Talent Acquisition
February 12, 2018

We’re all human. No one is perfect, but when you are job searching it’s not the time to make mistakes.  We get it, mistakes happen, but be aware of what they are so you can minimize the chances that you’ll make these common mistakes.  Or another way to ensure you don’t fall into these pitfalls?  Call That’s Good HR!  Our recruiters are pros at this!

Watch for spelling errors on your resume. Nothing irks a hiring manager more than a candidate claiming to be detail-oriented and there being a big, glaring spelling error or typo on your resume.  And yes, grammar matters too.  Avoid this pitfall by having friends and your TGHR recruiter review your resume.

Address your cover letter to the correct person and company.  We said nothing irks a hiring manager more than a spelling error, right? We’ll this might be a close second or even tie for first.  If your search requires you send a cover letter, avoid this mistake by personalizing each cover letter including the name, address and salutation.  Use the “search and find” feature in Word to help you out.

Don’t surprise your references. Make sure anyone you are listing as a job reference knows where and when you are applying.  It also helps to email the reference the job description so they can speak to your specific strengths when the time comes. All it takes to avoid this misstep is a simple heads up.

Be open to networking opportunities.  Networking is key in today’s job search.  Make sure to take advantage of opportunities to meet other professionals, you don’t know where it may lead.  Don’t have invitations flooding your inbox?  Remedy this issue by connecting and reaching out to people on tools like LinkedIn.  And while you’re online make sure your profile is up-to-date and error free.

Focus, grasshopper. Don’t send your resume blindly to positions that do not match your experience without providing an explanation.  You’ll waste your time and the hiring managers.  If you want to change course in your career, start by getting the necessary skills or certifications first.  When you meet with your TGHR recruiter be open and honest about your career goals.

With some targeted emails, spell check, and That’s Good HR,  you can avoid these pitfalls and land your next gig.