Showcasing your responsibilities instead of results
Whether it's with a resume or during an interview, a lot of candidates think hiring managers want to know about their roles and responsibilities at their previous jobs. What they really want to hear about is the results that candidates were able to achieve. "Employers don't care about what you did, they want to know how what you did positively impacted the bottom line," says Levit. "Using any performance statistics you can come up with, you should be able to answer the question 'why were your previous organizations better off because you worked there?'" Let's say you are interviewing for a sales position. Instead of saying, "I was responsible for so and so region," a better response would be, "as the sales lead for this territory, I boosted sales 10 percent."
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 Glassdoor.com, 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.