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By Robert Half December 1, 2016 at 6:59am

Top Job Search Blunders

Avoid These Mistakes to Land the Job

CFOs were asked, “What do you think is the most common mistake candidates make in their application materials?” Their responses:

39% The materials include irrelevant information
29% The materials contain typos or poor grammar
19% The materials are not customized to the job the candidate is applying for
8% The materials focus on job duties and not accomplishments
5% Don't know/no answer

CFOs were also asked, “What do you think is the most common mistake candidates make during job interviews? Their responses:*

33% Late arrival
23% Little or no knowledge of the company
18% Unprepared to discuss skills and experience
12% Lack of enthusiasm
8% Unprepared to discuss career plans or goals
5% Lack of eye contact

* Total does not equal 100 per cent due to rounding.

Source: Accountemps survey of more than 270 CFOs from a stratified random sample of companies in Canada.

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