23 reasons you are losing at job search.


  1. You're terrified to contact strangers and actually network with them. 
  2. When you actually do muster the bravado to contact strangers, you do it in a way that you would cringe over if someone approached you in the exact same way.
  3. You're listening to too much of your mother, cousin or boyfriend's advice.
  4. You're styling your resume and cover letter from a 1997 textbook template.
  5. You assume that your next employer cares a bunch about what you want out of the deal.
  6. You feel the world owes you something and proceed with this chip lodged firmly on your shoulder.
  7. Your appearance screams "outdated person."
  8. You're showing up at interviews unprepared, or so ridiculously overprepared that you come across as some weird, staged puppet rather than a human.
  9. You're trying to cram 15 years of experience onto a one-page resume, because someone insisted once that employers will not ever review a two-page resume.
  10. You're addressing your cover letters "Dear Sir or Madam" or "To Whom it May Concern" rather than hauling your lazy rear over to Google to find a real contact at that company.
  11. You're asking about salary, vacation and perks at the first interview, before it's even obvious that the interviewer wants you for the job.
  12. You didn't shine your shoes for the interview.
  13. You're not sending out thoughtful thank you notes immediately following the interview.
  14. You're relying on online applications through blind mailboxes for your entire job search approach.
  15. You're going to networking events and just clinging to the wall.
  16. You're attending career fairs in hotel ballrooms, which are almost always depressing and useless.
  17. You're not making it smack-in-the-forehead obvious to your target audience what you have to offer, and why they should care about you.
  18. You've got grammatical errors or typos in your resume, cover letter and/or email correspondence.
  19. You have a blaring issue in your career chronology and you've not proactively explained it in your resume.
  20. You're "on" LinkedIn but have never taken the time to study how useful it can be to your job search and, frankly, career overall.
  21. You're going through the motions, applying half-hearted effort, and then complaining to everyone within earshot how hard you're working and how impossible it is to find a job.
  22. You assume that the U.S. economy / unemployment numbers will prevent you from getting a job.
  23. You've forgotten how amazing and talented you truly are.