Wall Street Journal article No Market for Lazy Job Seekers, Ruth Mantell warns job seekers of common mistakes that can derail their job search.
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Summer is a season to relax, unless you’re a job seeker.
Given the steep competition for jobs, people who are energized and organized — and those who avoid lazy mistakes — are the likeliest to land a spot.
“It’s not all down to the economy — it’s often about how productive people are during their job search,” says Richard Jordan, a staffing management panel member at the Society for Human Resource Management. “The Internet has made it really easy for people to get a sense of false security about how productive they are.”
That means avoiding the “post-and-pray” technique in which job seekers apply to positions online, and then wait for the offers to roll in.
“Just applying through an online job search doesn’t do anything other than throw your résumé into a pile with [those of] hundreds, if not thousands, of other job seekers,” says Dan Ryan, an executive search consultant based in Nashville.
Another red flag: submitting résumés and cover letters with errors, says Holly Paul, U.S. recruiting leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers, a New York-based accounting and consulting firm.
“I see spelling mistakes, I see punctuation mistakes, I hit delete in two seconds. I don’t even bother to continue reading,” Ms. Paul says.
Here are five more mistakes to avoid: