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3 Huge Mistakes Job Seekers Make That Are Easily Fixed

Job hunting can be stressful, and you must do everything possible to stand out from your competition.

However, many job seekers make a crucial mistakes that can impede their chances of landing their dream job.

Are you curious to know what the mistakes are?

Read on!


1. HUGE MISTAKE: Generic Resumes and Cover Letters

Job seekers' biggest mistake is submitting generic resumes and cover letters. These documents are often the first point of contact between you and your potential employer, and they need to make a great impression.

As an expert Executive Recruiter and Job Search Strategist, I will tell you that standing out in the application process is critical. The problem is that many job seekers use the same resume and cover letter for multiple job applications, making them look like they need more effort.

You need to connect the dots for the Recruiter so you stand out in the pile of resumes they review. At the moment, you are just a piece of paper to them.

According to a recent survey conducted by CareerBuilder, a staggering 54% of employers receive resumes meant for another job. With statistics like these, it's clear that tailoring your application can set you apart from the competition and put you on the path to success.

By researching the company and the role you're applying for, you'll gain valuable insights into what the employer is looking for. You can use this information to tailor your resume and highlight the skills and experience that are most relevant to the job.

Take the time to tailor your application to the specific role - it could make all the difference.

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2. HUGE MISTAKE: Not following up

While submitting a job application is an essential first step, it's just the beginning.

Many job seekers assume their work is done once their application is sent. Following up after applying can make all the difference in landing that dream job.

According to a survey by CareerBuilder, only 14% of job seekers follow up after submitting their applications, which means that the vast majority of applicants miss an opportunity to show their enthusiasm for the role.

Following up can set you apart from other candidates and show you are very interested in the job.

A simple email or phone call to the hiring manager can make a significant difference in grabbing their attention and getting them to take a closer look at your application.

If you are not sure what to write, I have done the work for you! I have created email correspondence templates for you to easily write emails. Grab time on my calendar to learn more: - OR - get started now!

So don't let your efforts go to waste – take that extra step and reach out to the hiring manager or recruiter to show your enthusiasm and dedication to the position.

It could be the key to unlocking your next career opportunity.

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3. HUGE MISTAKE: Not adequately preparing for interviews

As an expert on interviewing, one of the biggest mistakes job seekers make is not adequately preparing for their interviews. It's not enough to arrive and hope for the best.

According to a survey by Monster, 33% of employers know within the first 90 seconds of the interview whether they will hire someone. First impressions are crucial; candidates must prepare well to maximize their time.

It may seem like common sense, but many need to pay more attention to the amount of preparation that goes into a successful interview.

Statistics show that 60% of job interviews are rejected because the candidate needs to prepare adequately based on what Recruiters are listening for in their responses.

To avoid this mistake, prepare for your interview by researching the company and the position, practicing common interview questions, and dressing professionally. By diving into the company's website, social media, and even news articles, you can understand the company's culture and mission. And remember to take some time to practice common interview questions - after all, practice makes perfect.

So please don't make the mistake of winging it. Prepare like a true professional and ace that interview!




Job seekers must correct several things that hinder their chances of landing their dream job. Avoiding these mistakes and putting in extra effort throughout the job-hunting process will increase your chances of getting the desired job.

So, go ahead and make the necessary changes to your job search process and land that ideal job.

Good luck!

If you are still baffled by the job search process and are convinced that it is broken, or you are going on interviews and not getting offers, grab time on my calendar to learn more about the strategic roadmap for job seekers I have created that shares the inside secrets from the view of the Recruiter, so you do not have to waste time figuring out how to find a job or to waste time by making mistakes.

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🔴 Ilene Rein is an Executive Recruiter and Job Search Strategist. She teaches job seekers exactly how to market themselves with laser precision to employers using inside secrets from the view of the Recruiter exponentially increasing their chances of getting noticed and hired rapidly!


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