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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.



6. Failing to Customize Your Cover Letter

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If you are applying to many of the same positions at different locations, it is tempting to cut and paste your cover letter, substituting the appropriate employer name and position title. But job-seeker beware! Employers can sniff out a cut-and-paste cover letter from a mile away. Researching a nonprofit or foundation prior to writing your cover letter will give you insight into the organization’s focus and history. If you notice that your org-of-choice has a strong community engagement background, and you have a 5 years of community outreach experience, you can tailor your cover letter to mention it.

By using a cut-and-paste cover letter, you also risk leaving in an incorrect employer by not thoroughly re-reading what you wrote. A letter that is meant for Save the Children should say Save the Children and not Free the Children.

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