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4 Unhealthy Job Search Behaviors

There are plenty of things that are unhealthy — fatty foods, inactivity, one too many drinks, just to name a few. But did you know that some of your job search tactics could be just as unhealthy?

It’s true. In today’s job search, you can’t afford to make mistakes, and you definitely can’t stand to turn these mistakes into habits. Thankfully, provides some insights into destructive behaviors that could be costing you big job opportunities.

The first, according to, is contacting human resources and recruiters right off the bat. While this seems to make sense, you want to start at the source. Instead, reach out to the hiring manager first. It’s best to get a referral before contacting him or her too, just so that you can provide them with some context and start off on a strong foot. states that the second most unhealthy behavior has to do with making the interview all about you. Yes, the hiring manager or recruiter wants to get to know you, but the interview shouldn’t be self-serving. Rather, you are telling them about yourself, your skills and your qualifications for their benefit. Think of the interview as being all about the company for which you’re interviewing to avoid coming off as totally self-involved.

Third, encourages job candidates to avoid being “the most qualified candidate.” Your goal in drafting your resume or showing up at the interview shouldn’t be to copy or recite the job description verbatim in terms of your qualifications and experience. Rather, it should be to express why you’re the best fit. As points out, “The most qualified person probably didn’t even apply.

Finally, writes that the most unhealthy job search behavior is taking shortcuts. Sure, online job search sites have their value, but they aren’t the only outlet you should utilize in getting a job. Don’t just post your resume to an online job board and then complain for weeks that nothing has happened. Get your hands — and your resume — dirty. Call hiring managers. Stop by businesses that you know are hiring. A little face-to-face or phone-to-phone interaction in the initial stages of the process might put you at the front of the pack.

If you’re engaging in one of these unhealthy behaviors, it’s time to make a change. Doing so can have a drastic impact on your job search prospects, and you’ll be a few steps closer to that next great opportunity.

What are some other unhealthy job search behaviors that job seekers unknowingly engage in? Share now in our comments!

Kathryn Randolph

Kathryn is a freelance writer currently living in Chicago, Illinois. She holds a B.A. in English Writing from DePauw University and has five years experience writing for major job search and higher education websites. When she's not writing for the web, Kathryn is hanging out with her new baby girl, traveling, cooking, reading and running. She believes that the perfect job is out there for everyone and hopes to help Spark Hire job seekers discover their career passion and pursue it.

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