Five Stupid Job Search Mistakes That Smart People Make

Five Stupid Job Search Mistakes That Smart People Make.

Nader Nazemi

How smart people fail to get jobs.

By Charles Purdy, Monster Senior Editor

You’ve seen job search advice articles about embarrassing resume bloopers, like misspelling the word “running” to comic effect (“Instrumental in ruining entire office”). You’ve read about cringe-inducing interview mistakes, like asking the interviewer to “hold on” while you respond to a text message. And you’ve said to yourself, “I’m too smart to make a stupid mistake like that.” 

But you still need to be careful — because being smart is no guarantee against typos, and smart people may be even more prone to certain job search errors. Here are some of the stupid mistakes you should watch out for when looking for a job: 

1. Resting on Your Impressive Past Achievements
2. Going Overboard with Information 
3. Trying to Outsmart the Recruiter or Interviewer
4. Thinking You’re Too Impressive to Need a Digital Profile 
5. Not Asking Your Network for Help 
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