The single biggest mistake I see in job seekers today is that they settle for quantity rather than quality. Michelle and I--the co-founders of Huttle--recently posted a Campus Ambassador Internship on a few career websites. One of the key components of application is to sign up for Huttle, use the platform, and then write to us and explain how you'd find our next 100 users in your cover letter. So far, only one person has followed the instructions. Everyone else has sent generic resumes and cover letters.

Perhaps this is a result of the Tinder-ized world we live in today where people opt to reach as many people as possible rather than invest time on a quality application for their audience. And, to be fair, this approach does work for many things in life like...

1) Dating: Aziz Ansari talks about this in great length in his book Modern Romance where a guy no longer takes the time to write detailed responses for Tinder dates because conversion rate was so poor. The guy realized that writing "hey" got a better conversion rate and took less time.

2) User acquisition: Targeting more users at the top of the funnel is often a better approach than improving conversion rates down the funnel

3) Sales: Cold calling/emailing more users with slight variable adjustments can be an easier return on investment than wining and dining one or two clients.

Unlike dating, user acquisition, or sales, job hunting isn't something where you need a ton of leads that turn into multiple job offers. What you really want is one quality opportunity at a company that excites you with a team/manager who will help you grow. So, when it comes to job hunting, I strongly advise new job seekers to take the time to read the entire application, research the company, and create personalized cover letters and resumes for each job.

Huttlers, what other mistakes do you see job seekers make today?

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Three mistakes I see frequently:

  • headshots on resumes. Unless you're applying for a modeling gig, please don't include a photo of yourself.
  • generic cover letters that only cover off on the candidate's skills/experience. Tell me why you're right for THIS role and how you'll help our company win
  • verbose cover letters/resumes. Your cover letter should be short and to the point - two to three paragraphs. Your resume should be one page in length - you're not the exception to the rule :-)

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