17 Job Search Mistakes and How to Correct Them

If you’ve been having bad luck finding a job, chances are there’s a good reason why. Here, Peter K. Studner shares 17 tips that will help you conduct a more successful job search campaign.

 In Super Job Search IV, he guides readers through the complicated process of conducting a targeted and ultimately successful job search campaign. (Best of all, Super Job Search IV isn’t “just” a book—it’s a systematic approach to finding a job that includes online resources and an app.) Here, Studner lists 17 mistakes you might be making—and explains how to move the odds in your favor:

Your résumé and cover letter need work. If you want to succeed in your job search, making a few tweaks to your old résumé won’t cut it. Spend the time you need to make sure your résumé is clean and readable, and that it accurately reflects your current accomplishments, skills, and employment history. Ask yourself: Is my résumé up to date? Is it full of clichés? Is it just a job description? (Just because you had responsibilities is no guarantee that you actually did them!)Has it been edited to reflect this job’s requirements? Has it been proofread? Does it make sense when read aloud? The same criteria apply to your cover letter. Avoid generic phrases, address the company’s needs, and always try to write to a person (not “To Whom It May Concern”).

You aren’t spending your job search time wisely. Many job seekers answer only published advertisements. But at the end of the day, people get jobs from people. Make it your goal to meet 15 to 20 people each week for advice, research, or direct interviews. (See Super Job Search IV for techniques on how to maximize each type of interview.) Reserve your evenings or before 7:30 a.m. for the Internet. The more people you meet, the closer you’re getting to real job opportunities. Networking is one of the best ways to speed up your search!

You aren’t spending enough time on your job search. Especially if you aren’t currently employed, searching for a job is a full-time activity. Anything less is cheating yourself. If you put in only an hour or two every day, don’t be surprised when more dedicated candidates get the jobs you wanted!

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