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The 10 Worst Job-Hunting Mistakes

The 10 Worst Job-Hunting Mistakes

Whether you are a first-time job-seeker or you’re a veteran in your field, it is important that you take the right steps toward landing you ideal job. There’s more to a successful job search than ironing your best suit and printing out extra resumes. Today’s employers are looking for the best of the best, and one typo on your cover letter can can get you thrown into the “Do Not Call” pile. Avoid these common mistakes to score your dream job.

1. Failing to Ask Questions in an Interview


Employers want to hire people who are interested in the company and want to learn more. If, at the end of your interview, you fail to ask any questions, it will be assumed that you are not very interested or not prepared. If you ask smart, well-thought out questions, employers see that you have researched the company and really put thought into your interview.

It is equally bad to ask questions that are too simple or can be easily answered by reading the organization’s website. Asking when the nonprofit or foundation was started doesn’t look good if the sign outside says “Founded in 1985.” Prepare questions you truly want the answers, too, along with follow up questions. Avoid questions that only require a one-word answer as they leave the conversation at a dead-end.

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