We all make mistakes. And since looking for a job isn’t something that you do every day, you probably aren’t an expert. Even if you aren’t a professional job seeker, you still can be successful by using common sense. However, there are a few “unforgivable” mistakes you can make in your job search. Here are three job search mistakes never to make:

  1. Typos. Check your work. It may seem ridiculous not to hire someone because they had a few misspellings on a resume, but it really isn’t. If you can’t check your work before you even have the job, what will you do on the job? Making this mistake is a sign of carelessness. It shows the employer that you really don’t care.
  2. Lying. You don’t want to start any relationship out by not being honest. If you are embellishing your resume; you’ll probably be discovered. If you are lying in an interview; hiring managers usually can tell. You’re not going to be able to give examples of something you haven’t actually done. And if, by some small chance, you get the job; you will be embarrassed when you are asked to do something that you can’t. Save yourself and everyone else the time and effort by being honest from the start.
  3. Not having a plan. It’s tough to be successful in your job search without a little planning and organization. Staying on top of applications and conversations will help keep you on track. Give yourself action items and deadlines; if you don’t, it can become easy to do nothing. A job search is work.

What mistakes have you made when looking for a job? Let us know in the comments!


Jill Kempka

About Jill Kempka

Jill loves to share information about ways to keep up with the changing world of work. She focuses on quick tips, facts and helpful lists to give job seekers tactics and advice they can immediately use.