How to Avoid Making Mistakes During Your Job Hunt

Even job hunting pros admit to making mistakes during a job finding campaign. While everybody makes mistakes, common boo-boos make by job candidates can be considered learning experiences. However, you will avoid making some of them by knowing what they are and how to deal with making mistakes.

What are two common mistakes job hunters make?

The first mistake is thinking the best jobs are on the Web and spending most of your time and efforts responding to want ads in newspapers and on Internet job sites.

You need to understand that around eighty percent of all available jobs aren’t advertised. Those jobs are in the hidden job market and can be uncovered through networking with your friends and business associates who are in a position to refer you to their contacts or provide information and advice that can help your job finding campaign.

When you know that only twenty percent of all available jobs are posted on the Internet and in newspaper ads, you’re more likely to focus on the hidden job market mentioned above. That’s where the vast majority of jobs—around eighty percent—that are available to you are advertised.

The second mistake is mass mailing your resume. In today’s business climate, executives don’t have time to read unsolicited resumes. Besides, resumes don’t tell whether you’ll fit in with the rest of the staff. A personal letter attached to your resume can do the trick.

What’s the alternative to sending out resumes willy-nilly?

Target the companies you send resumes to and include a cover letter that spells out who you are and what you can do for the company.

Remember, you learn from making mistakes. Therefore success comes from making them. And when it comes to your job search campaign, there’s no need to fret over mistakes you could make when you know what they are and how to avoid them.

What are some of the mistakes you’ve made while job hunting? Please share them with Your Career Service readers by commenting below.

RANDY PLACE is a career consultant and author of “Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach.” For information about the book follow this link. Click here to order from

Copyright ©2016 by Ransom (Randy) Place

About the Author

RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of For twenty-three years, he helped thousands of employees who had been let go from JPMorgan Chase find jobs. And he coached executives at CBS Television, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding techniques, communications skills, and selling strategies. An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on interviewing, telephoning techniques, job-search writing, and sales training nationwide. Randy's groundbreaking nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations across the United States. And his articles on career topics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly. A former broadcast journalist in New York, he has also been a commercial spokesperson for an array of national and regional advertisers. In addition, Randy was a sales executive at NBC Radio and the New York City sales manager for syndication at Wolper Productions. He holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master's in Journalism from New York University.