With the unemployment rate in Sioux Falls being among the lowest in the country, there are more job opportunities than ever before. In fact, many workers here are more apt than not to be looking for "greener pastures." Maybe that's you.

According to a just-released survey by CareerBuilder, there are a number of common mistakes being made by job seekers; simple mistakes in the application process that may be holding you back from landing that new opportunity.

  1. 54 percent of job seekers don't customize their resume for each employer. Employers can spot all-purpose, generic resumes from a mile away. Tailor your resume to match the job description by inserting key words used in the job posting that match your experience.
  2. 84 percent of job seekers don't find out the hiring manager's name and personalize the application. Applying directly to the hiring manager increases your chances of getting noticed and shows you've invested time in getting to know the company.
  3. 45 percent of job seekers don't include a cover letter with their resume. Cover letters allow a candidate the opportunity to sell themselves beyond the typical listing of work experience and skills in a resume. Always include a cover letter.
  4. 37 percent of job seekers don't follow up with an employer after they applied. Circling back with a recruiter or hiring manager after submitting a cover letter and resume can help job seekers standout among the competition.
  5. 57 percent of job seekers don't send thank-you notes after an interview. This can be one of the most important steps. It enables you to reiterate why you're the best fit for the job. Thank-you notes should be sent after phone screening calls, as well.

Source: CareerBuilder

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