By Haley Heieck
Searching for a job is tricky business. With hundreds of websites advertising positions and such a big emphasis placed on networking, the job hunt can be overwhelming. Where do you start your search? Here are 10 mistakes to avoid when looking for your first job after graduation:
1. Not thoroughly reading the job description and application instructions – A job description is your first window into what a company is all about. You can learn a lot about the culture and personality of a company through the way it advertises open positions. The job description should also guide you in tailoring your cover letter. And don’t forget to double- and triple-check the application instructions before submitting your materials. Many companies will discount well-qualified candidates who don’t use the right subject line when submitting their application — it’s often a test used to rule out applicants who are not detail-oriented or who don’t follow simple instructions.
2. Selling yourself short – The job-search process can be confusing — jobs that appear to be entry level are now asking for one or two years of experience. The good news is that most hiring managers count internships and summer jobs as just the experience they’re looking for. If you sold knives or promoted gym