Beginning a job hunt can seem like a daunting task. Where do you start? How do you prepare for an interview? Sometimes it can be so overwhelming that you overlook important details that can make all the difference in your job search. Worst of all, you might be making major mistakes on your job hunt. Avoid making the following mistakes on your job hunt:

Skipping Networking Opportunities

According to Forbes magazine, 80% of available jobs never get posted, so try to focus on good relationships you’ve had with previous employers or good relationships that you have with others in the field. If you don’t have any connections in the field you’re pursuing, attend some events or find out a way to reach out and interact. Networking is a way of life, not just one event you attend.

Typos or Bad Grammar in your Application Materials

Make sure they look organized and are easy to read and be sure to tailor your resume to the job that you’re applying for. Although it may seem basic, grammar and spelling are easy to overlook but detrimental when neglected. Websites and apps like can help you with this if it is a weak point for you.

Irrelevant Resumes

Tailoring your resume to the job you’re applying for is absolutely essential. It can be as easy as changing up the language you use to make your experience more relevant to that specific field. Research company keywords. Keep in mind that it never hurts to promote yourself and skills that you have in that field; experience is often the key to success. At the end of the day, do not forget that few things are more of a turnoff to an employer than a generic, nonspecific application. In fact, they often see this as simply being lazy.

Missing out on a Good First Impression

When you get an interview, remember that is your first in-person impression that you’ll be making on this potential employer. Don’t be late, but don’t arrive an hour early. To prepare, research the 10 most common interview questions and formulate answers. Most importantly, make sure you’ve done your research on both the company and the position you are applying for. That way, you will be knowledgeable enough to give answers and ask some questions of your own.

Not Following Up

Following up with a potential position cannot be understated! Sending a thank you note via email matters more than people realize. Get some advice from for doing so. According to Forbes, 86% of employers believe that not sending a thank you note demonstrates a lack of follow through and 56% thought it indicated the candidate was not serious about the position.


Today’s job market is a competitive place and can be an intimidating ring to enter. Remember to take a deep breath, keep a level head, and follow these steps. Missing any of these critical details could be the difference between getting the job and being passed over. Be meticulous, be prepared for any scenario, and, of course, be yourself.

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