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Smart Job Hunting: Mistakes to Leave Behind

Job hunting often feels like a race, packed with challenges, highs, and lows. It’s easy to think that landing your dream role is just a matter of sending out a few CVs, but the reality is that many job seekers fall into the same common traps.

With so much to juggle in your job search, it’s all too easy to stumble into common, yet avoidable, pitfalls. Let’s take a look into some of the usual suspects and how to avoid them:

1. One-size-fits-all CV
Your CV is your most valuable tool as a job seeker, so don’t sell yourself short with a one-size-fits-all approach. Sure, there are tons of CV templates out there, but remember, each job application deserves a personalised touch. Pay attention to the job you’re applying for—what does the job description ask for?
Say you’re applying for a Marketing Manager position. While the core responsibilities are the same, each company might have its own unique take on what the role should be. Every organization is different, and each industry has its quirks, so tailoring your CV and cover letter to the specifics of the posting will help you rise above the crowd.

2. Skipping the Networking
Think of networking as a marathon rather than a sprint. It’s something every job seeker should be involved in. Networking isn’t about asking for job leads or making yourself heard—it’s about listening and connecting with the right people.

With the job market going increasingly digital, it’s easy to forget that meeting people in your field can be a game-changer in finding your next job. Whether it’s attending industry events, job fairs, or even catching up with a former colleague for lunch, putting yourself out there can be one of the best moves on your job-hunting journey.

3. Applying for Mismatched Roles

Applying for roles that don’t quite match your expertise? It’s a bit like a cat trying to join a dog show. Job titles might look familiar, but their responsibilities can differ based on the industry or company.

Take a moment to review your top five skills and see how they match up with the job specs you’re looking at. If a job calls for six years’ experience in your field and you’ve got three, maybe it’s not the right fit for you right now.

And it goes both ways—many job seekers undervalue their skills. That’s why knowing where you fit is half the battle won.

4. Going it Solo

We all like a bit of independence. But when it comes to job hunting, having a guide or a partner helps. Enter recruiters or career consultants. Sending your CV to a recruitment agency can be a big boost to your job search. If you’re feeling stuck, having a chat with a career coach might be just what you need.

Recruitment Agencies like Allen Recruitment serve as both recruiters and consultants. We make it a point to get back to every job seeker regarding their application and help find the right fit for our candidates. With connections to top multinational companies, we can introduce job seekers to opportunities they might not come across on their own.

5. Forgetting to Follow Up

Ever sent a message and kept checking if they’d seen it? It’s a bit like that with job hunting.

Whether you’ve had a networking lunch, chatted with a recruiter or career coach, or sent in your CV to a company, don’t forget to follow up.

After networking, a simple email or LinkedIn message thanking the person for their time and assistance goes a long way. If a recruiter mentioned potential job openings, why not give them a shout each month to see if something’s come up?

And if you’ve sent in your CV, it doesn’t hurt to call the company’s HR department to make sure it got through. While you’re at it, express your enthusiasm for the company and the role you applied for – it might just make all the difference.


Remember, job hunting is as much about strategy as it is about persistence. Keep these pointers in mind, avoid the common pitfalls, and you’ll be well on your way.

Need help with your next career move? Check out our open roles on Allen Recruitment’s site or contact a member of our team with any questions you have! Allen Recruitment is a leading recruitment company based in Dublin and operating internationally across Europe.


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