4 Mistakes Jobseekers Make

Mistakes jobseekers makeMistakes Jobseekers Make

As I have watched job seekers put themselves out there, I have seen some so ready for the opportunity and others, well… not so ready. Just like in the traditional job search, if you are pushing yourself out there with a low-level résumé and no strategy for what to say when you are contacted by a potential employer, you will end up disappointed.

What are Mistakes Jobseekers Make?

1. → Leave out dreaded dinosaur terms, “responsible for”, which I covered in my post, “Is there a dinosaur in your resume?” When I look at someone’s resume or LinkedIn profile and see those words, I cringe, much like the sound of fingernails on a blackboard. Resumes and now the related LinkedIn profile and other bios on social media must speak with the active voice.

2. → Don’t waste space by positioning your headings in a left column and starting the content in a column two inches into the page. This format makes you look dated and doesn’t let you have full use of the space on the resume. You can left-justify your headings or center them but don’t let them take the valuable real estate on the side of the resume.

3. → Replace lengthy, boring objective statements: “I want a challenging position in the field of blah-blah-blah, that I can grow and find opportunities for career growth…” Outdated and me-focused, professional resume writers have turned to banner headlines:

Financial Services Analyst | Associate
Mergers & Acquisitions | Securities & Investments | Research & Compliance

4. → Often missing in resumes is a branding statement, something to engage the reader right off the bat and let them know the value of the candidate. See this one:

Recognized Leader in Airport Operations, Facilities Management, and Regulatory Compliance

Expertise in project coordination, emergency operations, and operational issues

Unifier, Motivator, and Trainer who brings operations and morale to a higher level


Top-performing sales and management professional adept at reorganizing operations and executing turn-around strategies to create growing profitability in challenging economic climates. Extensive new market development expertise, focused on building long-term relationships, effective listening, and needs discovery. Expert team builder and recruiter, who engages and empowers confident, dynamic sales leaders with the drive to motivate emerging talent to succeed in sales.

To succeed in your job search, you need to market the product. What product? YOU (the job seeker) are the product in the job search.


  1. Michael Lunsford on July 12, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Good post – you made me go back and check my resume (and LinkedIn profile). Yep, I found and corrected a few of these. Thanks for the great post!
    .-= Michael Lunsford´s last blog ..michaellunsford- -cbyrne19 jealous =-.

    • Julie Walraven on July 13, 2010 at 10:59 am

      Ha! You have a face again! Now come visit whenever you want. You can say hi to Ed Han, he should be here somewhere! And Jane Woods… and the other regulars!

  2. Julie Walraven on July 13, 2010 at 4:59 am

    Welcome, Michael! I hope you will come back again! Now we have to get your Gravatar set up so you can smile back at my blog community! I’m glad it helped. You can also leave the topics you would like to see covered here. I welcome inspiration!

  3. Karalyn Brown on July 20, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Love this post, Julie. It gets straight to the heart of it. In Australia we have longer resumes than in the states. But we do need to hit people in the eye and make it easy for people to read a resume. I read somewhere that tweeters make better job seekers as they knew how to be concise. Not sure if that’s true, but it’s good discipline anyway.
    .-= Karalyn Brown´s last blog ..What to expect from a second grilling- sorry I meant interview =-.

    • Julie Walraven on July 20, 2010 at 7:29 pm

      Tweeting certainly does make you look at words differently. I know other resume writers who say that it has tightened their writing so much. I believe if has done the same for me. I’m glad you liked it. Thank you for stopping by to visit and I hope you will come again! I do have to follow your post link above (love CommentLuv for that reason) grilling, huh? 🙂

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