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12 Job Search Blunders You Don’t Want to Make

I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.” – Lily Tomlin

It can happen to anyone. A bad interview, a resume error (big time), insulting the interviewer (unintentionally). Of course sometimes it is just plain and simple stupidity or lack of awareness, other times it is an honest mistake.  Whatever the reason, it’s not a bad idea to look at other people’s job search grief. Sometimes it’s just a heads-up (like okay, good information and I know never to do that). Other times it is one of those “really?” incidents (like sending a virus infected resume). But you know what,  sometimes it’s not you, sometimes it’s on the interviewer’s side.

I remember one job interview I had where the interviewer got a phone call in the middle of the interview. His call went on for 20 minutes or so (pretty rude if you ask me). Once he finishes the call, he asks me what we had been talking about (and I can’t remember – not a good thing). I should have been paying attention (maybe jotted down a note while he was talking on the phone). Needless to say, he was not impressed with me. A difficult way to learn a lesson.

So what are some job search blunders you can avoid? Read on.

Resumes -Lots of mistakes to learn from here:

1. Spelling errors – Number one on the list of resume mistakes.  With spell check, there is just no excuse.
2. Typos and grammatical mistakes are a close second. A resume with mistakes looks like you are careless.
3. Inappropriate hobbies on your resume (like nude sunbathing) or silly comments like “act professionally” or “arrive on time”.

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More – 7 Fatal Resume Errors


Communications – Hitting “send” before you are ready to send a job search related email can have a negative impact (especially if you don’t pay attention).

4. What about the guy who was writing his job interview thank you note and decided it would be easier to copy one from the last company and just change the particulars? Unfortunately, he left the name of the other company in the note.
5. Thank you letters that only say “Thank You” just don’t cut it. The real purpose of a thank you note is to let the interviewer know you heard what they had to say and to convince them that you are the right person for the job.


Interviews – The list of interview blunders is (almost) endless. A few of the top blunders are listed below.

6.  Answering your cellphone during an interview (you should have turned it off)
7.  Wearing inappropriate clothing (like sneakers or stained clothing)
8.  Not remembering the job title or job description (you need to be prepared)
9.  Showing up late is not a great way to start. Be at your destination extra early (but wait outside)
10. Not asking any questions. You need to have a list of questions you want to ask (with extras just in case)

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More – 10 Topics to Avoid During Job Interviews


Cover Letter Blunders – Cover letters are still important when applying online.

11. Generic cover letters are probably one of the worst things you can do. It makes it look like you are doing a mass mailing and not applying to a specific opportunity
12. Sounding desperate.  Every out of work person needs a job, but focusing on why you “really need this job” will not get you an interview

– more – 5 Resources to Help – When Job Search Goes Wrong


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