Silly job search mistakes you might still be making

“Organizations are very interested in hiring young people because they have a lot of energy and are willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done.” But no matter how well-positioned young people (in fact all job seekers) are, they will have a better chance of success if they avoid some common job searching mistakes.

Big mistakes like yawning in front of interviewer and showing up in informal wear in interview, anyone can avoid but it is more important to avoid the smaller mistakes like someone showing up five minutes late or having a typo on the first line of a cover letter, because these tiny blunders are what recruiters or hiring managers complain about the most.

Common Mistakes:

Relying solely on the internet

Nowadays, more than 50% of job-seekers think that networking is the only factor in job searches. But Brad Karsh says, “when thousands of candidates are applying to the same jobs online and posting their resumes to the same job boards, candidates need to stand out by making connections and networking their way into a company.”

Not being proactive enough


“This isn’t the time to sit back and be casual in your approach,” says Emily Bennington. Create a hit list of 5 to 10 target companies, and try to utilize your network to locate an ‘in’ at each.

Not taking the job interview seriously

Even when you apply for an unpaid internship, you need to adhere to common standards of professionalism. That could be anything like researched the company, dressing appropriately, etc.

On a Resume:


Including 5 pages

It’s not important to include every accomplishment from the past years. Hiring managers just want the highlights, they want to know what’s compelling about you as quickly as possible especially they’re reading hundreds of resumes. If you really want to go into more detail, save it for the interview.


Remember the saying “Honesty is always the best policy.” Candidate list certain skills on resumes and then when hiring manager asks about his experience in it, he look at him blankly and lastly admits that it is something he wanted to learn more about.

Using Buzzwords that make no sense

Buzzwords like Best of breed, Results-driven, Think outside of the box don’t impress anyone, in fact, it don’t tell anyone anything. Be simple and straightforward, and make sure that HR manager (probably reading your resume first) can understand what you’re saying.

Putting the wrong contact information

If employers can’t reach you, they can’t give you the job. Double check every information you write on resume mainly contact number and email address.

In an interview:

Not getting back to the hiring manager in a timely matter

Everyone should respond back to interview requests as fast as possible. Even if you’re busy, you should always, always respond within one business day.

Showing up late or too early

There’s no excuse for being late to an interview. Even anything happens being punctual is just the respectful, professional thing to do. And it doesn’t mean you can come 40-50 minutes in advance. By showing up too early, you are putting immediate pressure on the interviewer to drop whatever he/she may be wrapping up and deal with you.

Not doing your research

Obviously, you will learn about company and role during your interview, but it shouldn’t be the first time you’re learning everything. So spend some time googling the company, understand its mission, vision, culture, etc.

Getting too casual

Try not to get too excited and being too casual with interviewers. Like ask to charge mobile phone, talk about unnecessary things during interview.

When following up:

Not sending a Thank-You note

If you are sending a thank you note, you will stand out in a good way. But thank you note would be sent within 48 hours of your interview. Hiring managers get excited when they find exceptional candidates who are really excited about the job. Don’t send a boring one.

Following up on social media

It is okay to reach out the hiring manager you’ve just interviewed but it is pretty impersonal to take follow up on social media. It seems a bit lazy. Send a well- written email.

So, that’s all for job search mistakes. Hope you like it. Keep these in mind and don’t make mistakes in job search. Good luck for future.

Krupa Patel
Krupa Patel is a very passionate person. She is managing Steady Steps besides producing quality blogs for students, freshers and even experienced professionals to enhance their professional skills.

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