Top 10 Mistakes Job Seekers Make

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Not spending enough time on the cover letter/introductory email

In this Internet age, brevity is the name of the game, but there is a fine line between being brief and being vapid when it comes to the cover letter or introductory email. "Ninety percent of job seekers have generic cover letters that reiterate bullet points on their resume," says Tom Gimbel, founder and chief executive of LaSalle Network, a staffing and recruiting company. "A cover letter or introductory email is the first document an employer reads: make it stand out." Gimbel says job seekers should use the company website to research current events that pertain to the industry and weave them into the cover letter.

Mistakes happen, but for job seekers it can mean the difference between landing a new gig and collecting another unemployment check. According to Donna Fuscaldo, writing for, finding a job isn't an exact science but if job seekers can avoid common snafus it can give them a leg up over the competition, which can be fierce.

From failing to learn about the company ahead of the interview to sending out a general resume to the masses, human resource experts, recruiters and career advisors weigh in to bring you the top ten mistakes job seekers make.


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