4 Internet Job Search Mistakes to Avoid

Internet Job Search Mistakes

The Worst Internet Job Search Mistakes

The Internet is a easily the world’s most powerful employment tool. With the Web, you can access millions of job openings on thousands of sites. With email, you can quickly contact employers and ask for interviews.

Yet, if used incorrectly, the Internet can actually prevent you from being as productive as possible in your search for work.

How? Why?

Here are four mistakes that commonly befall job seekers using the Internet. Avoid them and get hired faster.

1) Don’t Email Your Resume Wrong

I’ve written before on how to create a text version of your resume for emailing to employers. Because not everybody has Word or WordPerfect, the only way to be sure employers can read your resume is to email them a version in plain old ASCII text.

Make sure the resume you email looks good upon arrival, with no funny line breaks or garbage in the text. How? Use yourself and at least two friends as guinea pigs.

It’s easy. Practice formatting and emailing your resume to yourself and others. Open the email. How does your resume look? Good? Good. Garbage? Reformat and repeat until your resume goes through cleanly every time.

2) Don’t Forget the Email Cover Letter

When emailing your resume to employers, don’t dash off email cover letter as an afterthought or, worse, fail to include one. Treat email as you would postal mail — always email a solid cover letter with your resume.

Your cover letter has many functions. Chief among them is telling the reader what job you’re applying for, where you learned of the job, and your specific qualifications for doing it.

And don’t get sloppy with tone or punctuation in email cover letters. You’re not banging out an instant text message to buddies. You’re writing a letter to the person you want to work for. There’s a difference.

3) Don’t Be Passive

It’s easy to sit back and wait for postings to appear on the big job sites, like Monster. But if you confine yourself to this passive technique, you’re missing out.

That’s because most jobs are filled by employers before they’re ever advertised online or in the newspaper. By some accounts, this figure is as high as 80%. So, it pays to be proactive — use the Internet to get into the heads of hiring managers before they pay for a job posting online.

An easy way to do this is to use a networking Web site, such as Linkedin.com or Ryze.com. At Linkedin.com, for example, you can search profiles of 1,214,000 registered users (as of this writing) to find people who went to your school, have the same hobbies, live near you, etc. You can also find out where these people work — and this is critical.

Because, once you find and contact someone who shares an affinity with you, and works in the company or industry you want to work in, you can make valuable connections that lead to interviews and job offers.

Tip: never approach networking as a one-way street. You become road-kill and get ignored that way. Instead, give back to the people you meet, online or off, before expecting them to favor you with job leads. You must prime the pump before you get anything out.

4) Don’t Forget Who Really Hires

Throughout history, there is no record of any person ever being hired by a computer. It’s people who hire people. Yet, some folks spend days or weeks searching for jobs online without ever meeting a hiring authority face to face.

This is a mistake that happens when you confuse process with results.

Using the Internet to find a job is a process. The results you want are a job. At some point, you have to get off the Internet, get off your duff, and go shake hands with live humans. Never lose sight of this.

That’s what it all boils down to, doesn’t it? To get hired, you have to meet and impress a living, breathing employer.

The future is in your hands!

Photo by Headway on Unsplash


You can beat the system and “cherry pick” the job of your dreams in weeks instead of months … if you have the right information.  The same “insider” information you could have access to in just a few minutes through MyNewJobHunt.  Now you have a choice to make. You’re probably skeptical, but think about this — if you keep doing the same things over and over, you’ll keep getting the same results.  Don’t worry, you can upgrade at any time!


I just need the basics!
$ 39
One-Time Charge
  • Emergency 1-Page Resume
  • 1-Page Resume eBook
  • Cover Letters (5) Guide
  • LinkedIn Makeover Video + Guide
  • LinkedIn Makeover Transcript
  • LinkedIn Cheat Sheet
  • LinkedIn Phone Scripts


$ 799 One-Time Charge
  • ChatGPT Scripts- resume, letters, LinkedIn
  • LinkedIN Makeover - VIDEO
  • Contact Relationship Management (CRM)
  • Content Management System (CMS)
  • Job Management System (JMS)
  • Educational Information Management (EIMS)
  • Guerrilla Resume ebook
  • Guerrilla Cover Letters ebook
  • Voicemail Scripts
  • 5 Feature Length Training Videos
  • Personalized Job Board
  • Personal Career Dashboard
  • Interview Dashboard Calendaring Tool
  • Guerilla Job Search Commando Tactics - DVD
  • Job Search Secrets Revealed DVD
  • The Guerrilla Job Search System: College Grad Edition

When you click the ORDER NOW button, you’ll be taken to a secure page at FUTURTEK.CA for payment processing. 



I want to find my calling!
$ 2997 One-Time Charge
  • Everything in SPARTAN
  • Everything in FAST-TRACK
  • Unlimited Lifetime Platform Access
  • 5 Hours of Personal Coaching
  • Quick Start Coaching Call
  • LinkedIn Makeover Review
  • LinkedIn Direct Connection with
    David Perry
  • Resume Editing
  • Cover Letter Edits
  • Voice Mail Message Edits
  • Interview Prep Coaching Call
  • Interview Debriefs
  • 10x10 Follow-up Program Guidance
  • Offer Negotiation Input
  • Executive Job Search
    Secrets Revealed
  • ALL Current and Future Job
    Search Videos