Spelling and grammatical errors
Although these type of errors may seem small in nature, they can be a major red flag for most employers. They convey to the recruiters or hiring managers that you don’t pay attention to detail and will give the impression that you rushed through your application rather than working on it. Don’t be in a hurry when you are filling out your application and have someone go over it, if possible.
Not following directions
This is something that we are taught in grade school, but it is amazing how many of us still don’t read and follow directions. Every application that you fill is slightly different and requires a unique response so it is important to go over every step. You need to pay attention to everything when applying for a job. Re-think your strategy and don’t apply for a job if you aren’t qualified for it.
Turning in a resume without altering it
Every time you send your resume in for a job application, make sure you have made changes to it according to the job you are applying for. If you hope that your resume will fit the overall criteria of the employer, it may just cost you the job. Never send your resume in without tailoring it to a particular job position. Go through the qualifications, job description and education requirements and use your resume to show the potential employer how you fit into these requirements with your expertise, skills and previous experience.
Writing a generic cover letter
The purpose of your cover letter is to tell a compelling story so that it piques the interest of the hiring manager enough to get them to read your resume. It should refer to the employer by name and detail why you are a good fit for the job position. Don’t use a generic cover letter for all jobs. Write a new one, according to the position available.
Not going beyond the job description
Researching the organization for which you are applying is imperative. You need to know its structure, what it does, its goals, missions and values for determining how you fit. These things will be vital if you land an interview and you will be one step ahead, giving a positive impression.