The 10 Scariest Job Seeker Mistakes

Halloween is right around the corner, but that doesn’t mean you should let your job search turn you into a clumsy zombie. Though these tips may not help you when the undead invade, there are a number of basic survival skills you can use to get through your job search without losing your brains.

Plenty of job seekers don’t realize that even seemingly small mistakes can have a huge impact on their success. In horror movies, the first person to realize there are killers on the loose is usually the one who lives, and staying ahead of other job seekers can help you from falling behind, too. Lack of research, neglecting to follow-up, grammatical errors in emails, or having an unenthusiastic attitude — all of these things can leave you struggling to keep up in the scary world of unemployment.

But you don’t have to lose your brains during your job search — proper preparation can help you to avoid making common mistakes. This infographic from Careerleaf, an all-in-one job search platform that cuts the time to apply in half, outlines the 10 scariest job seeker mistakes–and how to avoid them.

Related: Tales from the Recruitment Crypt.

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By Heather R. Huhman

Heather R. Huhman is a career expert and founder & president of Come Recommended, a career and workplace education and consulting firm specializing in young professionals.