At Jackson Healthcare, we believe in providing talented individuals with the knowledge and resources it takes to succeed. With that in mind, we have come up with our list of the top five most common mistakes we see job seekers make. We hope you find them useful.

Mistake #1: Failing to use your network

Ask your friends to help. Get introduced to people who work for your dream employer(s). Because of the large influx of applications, companies are relying more heavily on referrals from current employees to identify quality or qualified candidates.

Mistake #2: Lazy Grammar

Re-read every communiqué twice before you send it (e.g. resumes, cover letters, follow-up emails). Typos and poor grammar can quickly put a top candidate out of the running.

Mistake #3: Being ill-prepared

Do your homework. Know the industry and the company’s culture, and most importantly, be able to clearly state the following in your cover letter and at the interview:

  • Why you are the best candidate for the position
  • How you will help the company make money and save money/resources
  • How your personality fits with the company’s culture

It is up to you to deliver the winning message.

Mistake #4: Not following-up

After your interview, show you’re truly interested in the position and the company by asking about the next steps in the hiring process. Send thank you notes and follow up by phone and email at appropriate intervals.

Mistake #5: Failing to be true to yourself

Associates are more likely to be happy and successful in their careers when they believe in and fit the company’s culture…so be yourself. Know what you want from your next employer and in which environments you thrive and then apply for those opportunities.

For more career search advice, click here. Our recruiting team has compiled a list of websites that may help you in your search and interview process.

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