In this blog, I am going to be going over five of the most common mistakes an individual makes when in the market for a new job! The goal of this is to help you realize your full potential, help you build a clear path, and get you the job of your dreams!

We are going to be covering the topics below:

1️⃣ Typos, Typos, Typos

2️⃣ Time Is Being Wasted Because Of Applying To Irrelevant Jobs

3️⃣ Non-Tailored Resume

4️⃣ Missed An Important Aspect

5️⃣ Oops I Did It Again… I Forgot To Change The Name On The Cover Letter

1. Happens to the best - Typos, Typos, Typos

I know this sounds like common sense as if it is something that we all should know! While it is something that we all should know, it happens to the best, and far too often.

What is the best way to overcome this? How can you ensure that you come in first place in your own resume spelling bee?

There are several kinds of online resources that you can use, here are two of my favorite!

Grammarly

Tranka

At the end of the day, your goal is to land a job. Re-reading your resume, checking it not once, not twice but at least three times, will show dedication to your personal brand, as well as accomplish showing your best self off! 

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2. Learn from David Rose (Schitt’s Creek) … Only Apply to RELEVANT Jobs

If you are as much a Schitt’s Creek fan as I am, then do you remember the episode where David Rose goes with Stevie to apply for an airline flight attendant position? Well, if not, here is a quick recap… David Rose is a business owner who just recently opened up his own company, but he wanted to go with his best friend Stevie to apply for this position as a flight attendant… Long story short, he thought he was going to do AMAZING, turns out he was cut after the first round…

GABE, WHY ARE YOU TELLING ME THIS??

Well, I am getting to it…

I bring this story up because too often we are so eager to find a job, any job, that we start applying to jobs that are nowhere in the path that your career is going. David thought that he was wronged for being cut after the first round, as are many of us when we get those rejection letters.

However, his passion was never to work for an airline. His passion lived elsewhere, and that is great! You too have passion, you have a mission in life that you want to complete. Do not waste time applying to jobs that are not leading you to your end goal, that time can be spent making sure you apply to the correct jobs! This leads me to my next point…

Be like David, follow your passion, and only do things if it’s “in your brand.

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3. Tailor your resume so you can tailor your interview suit

We get it, the job hunt, well, sucks! That’s probably the nicest way to put that… It is not fun, and it is time-consuming, not to mention the emotional toll it takes on you. And to top it all off, making your resume, changing your resume, adding things & taking things away from your resume all add up, and it can be, frankly, annoying.

This is why most candidates tend to make the most generalized resume, one that does not showcase all that you know, all that you have done, and all you are capable of.

This is only HURTING YOUR CHANCES OF BEING SEEN!!

When I have my career coaching sessions, I tell each individual you should have four to five specialized resumes and one generalized resume.

 

Example:

If you are a Software Engineer, great! Unfortunately, “Software Engineer” is a loaded term, because that can mean A LOT of things… You can be a front-end developer, a back-end developer, you can be a JavaScript Developer, there are so many kinds of software engineers, that putting “Software Engineer” on your resume sometimes, isn’t enough. Going above and beyond shows dedication to the job search, shows that you know what you are good at, and most importantly shows the hiring manager that you know what you applied for!

Types of Software Engineer Resumes:

🌟 Front-End Engineer Resume

🌟 Full-Stack Engineer Resume

🌟 Back-End Engineer Resume

🌟 JavaScript Engineer Resume

While each of these has similarities, each of them brings unique qualities that CANNOT BE CAPTURED BY A GENERALIZED RESUME.

This is why it is so important to make sure that you have different resumes for different job applications. It gets your resume past the clutches of that software that scans each resume and into the hands of the hiring manager! You got this!

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4. Oops I did it again…

Isn’t it the worst feeling to hit the submit button and realize that you forgot to change the name of the company in your cover letter?

Picture it: You just filled out the questions the exact way you wanted to, you have all of the documents that need to be sent, and you finally press the submit button, all to realize that you forgot to change the cover name of the company on the cover letter!!! NOOOOOO, that sinking feeling hits you hard!

While I know this may seem odd, and maybe you haven’t had this situation come across before, this happens way too often.

A cover letter is your way of telling the story of you, and everything that you can bring to the company. Like your resume, you should have 4 to 5 specialized Cover Letters for various roles, and companies. A recruiter can smell out the generalized cover letters, they know when it's just a mere template in your Google drive. Make sure that your cover letter has all of the skills necessary for that job, but MOST IMPORTANTLY:

Remember to change the name of the company in the cover letter, and in the file name.

Your file name can look something like 👇 

“Tech Talent South – Cover Letter – Gabe Ruiz”

This gives the hiring manager a quick glimpse into what the document is, and who it is from.

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5. Lastly, two is better than one

As I said before, the job hunt is hard. It is like a roller coaster ride. From applying to a company you love, to rejection after rejection, to finally landing your dream job. Like any roller coaster, it is most enjoyed when it is with a friend. Find a job hunt buddy so that you can 👇 

celebrate all of your wins, but most importantly and ALL OF YOUR LOSSES.

Getting a rejection letter can be hard, but you took the step that others might not have. But just think of each application submission and each rejection is only leading you to your end goal! 

When I was searching for the next step in my career, my job hunt buddy was Suitcase Coder, a.k.a Laura Ruiz Roehrs, a now instructor at Tech Talent South. We celebrated each application I submitted, and each rejection I got until I got the call from Tech Talent South. 2 years later, I am still with the company!

Three things we held each other accountable for were:

👉 Job application tracking – You can use Trello, Notion, or just a plain Google Sheet

👉 Connecting with at least 10 industry experts or hiring managers on LinkedIn

👉 No matter what the outcome of an application, we ALWAYS celebrated it.

Who is your "Job Hunt" Buddy??

I have said this before, and I will say it again. YOU CAN DO IT, road rough, but prize big!


About author:

Gabe Ruiz

Co-Founder of StackIQ

gabe@stackiq.co