8 Online Job Hunting Mistakes to Avoid

Posted: June 13, 2011 in career tips

Finding a good job can pretty difficult these days especially with a poor economic climate. However, the Internet is a great resource for job hunting, and all types of jobs from legal jobs to medical jobs worldwide. The internet has transformed into an interactive medium that allows people to explore quickly and inexpensively. With that being said, many job seekers make a lot of basic mistakes with their online job searches that affect their chance of landing in a good opening. Here are some of the most common errors that you need to avoid when applying for job postings.

  • Having a very long resume. This is perhaps one of the most common mistakes that many job seekers make. A two-page resume is sufficient and all that is expected for academic and management jobs. Four pages is pretty much the limit.
  • Being less honest in the resume. You can wax eloquent on your personal strengths and skills but make sure you stick to the facts when it comes to training, education and job titles. Anything can be verified in today’s society and small exaggerations can be taken as a sign of dishonesty with employers.
  • Having an unfocused cover letter. This will only mean that your resume gets dumped in the ‘not interested’ pile without ever being read. It would be crucial that you get straight to the point in your cover letter and focus on what you can do for the company. 
  • Using ‘I’ too much in the cover letter. Use the pronoun ‘I’ no more than three times.
  • Pasting your resume at the end of cover letter. Don’t paste your resume at the end of your cover letter-this is considered unprofessional. Attach it to your email message as a separate file.
  • Making salary demands on first contact. It is fine to briefly mention your pay history or salary range but don’t knock yourself out to the running by setting high expectations.
  • Sending an email to a general company or the HR department’s email address. Try to send your application directly to the hiring manager. It may take a phone call or two on your job search steps, but this will increase the chances of having your resume read by the right person who is in charge of the hiring.

Don’t forget to include keywords relating to the position in your cover letter. Use a job map when looking for openings in your community. Even before they call, it would be helpful if you prepare yourself for the upcoming interviews! Happy job hunting!

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