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OfficeTeam Reveals Mistakes That Could Derail Your Job Search






MENLO PARK, Calif., Dec. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- As 2012 approaches, many people are taking to heart the expression, "Out with the old, in with the new." According to specialized staffing firm OfficeTeam, the idea is especially relevant when searching for employment. Job-hunting tactics that worked even a few years ago may appear passe, while using fresh strategies can help professionals stand out among a large applicant pool.

"It's easy to get stuck in a rut during the job hunt," said Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. "If certain tactics aren't working, job seekers need to switch gears and try new ideas."

OfficeTeam offers the following job search don'ts along with advice for what to try instead:



       Try This Instead

Network solely when you're looking for a job

Use tools such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter regularly to keep in touch with professional contacts. Maintain an up-to-date profile on these sites, and be active with industry associations and events.

Wait until a position is advertised to apply

Scour local print and online publications and follow company social media feeds to find out which businesses are growing and may be hiring. When you see organizations that interest you, contact them proactively to learn of potential job openings.  

Limit yourself to full-time employment opportunities

Consider temporary work. Interim assignments provide a source of income as well as a chance to network and build new skills. They also can lead to full-time job offers.

Use a standard resume template


Create personally "branded" application materials that speak to your particular strengths. A simple but eye-catching format can attract an employer's attention.

Rule out all "old-school" application methods

Sending your resume and cover letter on high-quality paper via the post office may seem outdated, but people receive so little mail today that your hard-copy materials could pay off.

Assume they're not interested

Follow up via email or by phone within two weeks of submitting your resume. Reassert your interest in the position and explain how your skills can benefit the company. 

Speak only in general terms or give "canned" responses during the interview

Be prepared to share anecdotes that showcase your skills, personality and how your contributions have impacted the bottom line.   

Write a hum-drum thank-you message

Recap the qualities that make you a fit for the role and express your enthusiasm for the opportunity. Email is acceptable, but a handwritten note can be more impressive.



About OfficeTeam

OfficeTeam is the nation's leading staffing service specializing in the temporary placement of highly skilled office and administrative support professionals. The company has 315 locations worldwide and offers online job search services at


SOURCE OfficeTeam

For further information: CONTACT: Abby Welch of OfficeTeam, +1-650-234-6289,