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Vol. 17, Issue 17 - Week of April 23, 2018

Six common job hunting mistakes to avoidAbridged: All Things Public Data

BOSTON, MA -- Take a look at these common job hunting mistakes, and you'll already be a step ahead of the competition: 1) Trying to be a jack of all trades. Keep in mind, an employer wants to know specifically how you'll make a contribution to their team. Instead, indicate why you are a good fit for that particular position/company.

2) Thinking employers will come flocking to them. Expect to pound the pavement, attend job fairs, build a network, and hone your resume if you want to get noticed and stand out above the competition. 3) Not tailoring cover letters and resumes to the job listing. Take the time to find out the name of the hiring manager. Then, be sure to read the listing and match your qualifications and experience to what the company is looking for.

4) Only inquiring about jobs that are listed. The fact is, many job openings are not advertised. Sending out letters of interest along with your resume is a good way to get your foot in the door. 5) Not maintaining employer-friendly social media accounts. Always keep a clean digital footprint, or it will come back to haunt you. 6) Thinking too narrowly about where to apply. Don't be afraid to venture outside of the few companies that you've imagined yourself working for. Consider the possibilities across other industries, too.

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