How to avoid the 4 most common jobsearch mistakes


Chinazom Chidolue

For most students graduating in the summer, the winter is prime recruiting season. While undergoing the job search be careful to avoid making these mistakes:

  1. Not networking enough


You do everything BUT network while looking for a job. You apply to as many job posts as you can each day and also cold call and cold email recruiters but you do absolutely no in person networking.

Do this instead:

Networking should be your main focus during your job application. If you’re only sitting in your dorm room and applying to 10 jobs every day and not meeting or reaching out to any recruiters then I have bad news for you, it will take you much longer to get a job. Instead of spending all your time responding to want ads – divide your job search time between applying to jobs and also reaching out to your network and also building a bigger network. An easier route to do this is by reaching out to your network on LinkedIn or by utilizing other social media networks like Twitter. Here are some useful tips to help you network. 

  1. Not tailoring your applications


You use the same resume and cover letter to apply to different job because this allows you to apply to as many jobs as you can each day. After all what really matters is the amount of job postings you reply to. Right?

Do this instead:

Both your resume and cover letter should be tailored to fit the job you are applying for. Your resume should let the hiring manager know why you are the perfect candidate for the job. To tailor your resume and cover letter appropriately: read the job description, the company website and do some general research of the industry. What kind of skills and experiences are needed by this company? After figuring this out, tailor your resume and cover letter to highlight your relevant experience, skills and accomplishments.

  1. Only responding to job openings


You only apply to job postings on company websites, and job boards such as Indeed and Monster.

Do this instead:

Although it is important for you to apply to job postings on job boards, it is important that you know a lot of these jobs are not real, and you might not get the best results. Instead, use job boards to find keywords that you can use in your resume and cover letter and reach out to your network to figure out if they are hiring for a new role.

  1. Not preparing adequately for job interviews


In a bid to come off “natural” and not too rehearsed you decide to skip preparing for your interview. After all you already know everything included in your resume and you feel very comfortable talking about yourself and job experience.

Do this instead:

Now you have one foot in the door, if you can ace your interview this increases your chance of getting the job. Job interviews are probably the most important part of the job search process. At their core the importance of a job interview is to SELL YOURSELF. You do this by articulating your value to the company, showing you have done your research (by communicating your knowledge of the company, asking intelligent questions). In many cases your interview is also an opportunity for you to negotiate your compensation.

You should never try to go to an interview unprepared or try to wing it. Instead, you should prepare for your interview by researching the company and also by preparing to answer some common interview questions. You can use this to prepare.

Implementing the tips above will allow you to put your best foot forward during the job search process. A job search can be very stressful but you can increase your chances of getting your dream job by not making the mistakes above.

Are you making any of these common job search mistakes?

Chinazom is the founder of




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