Check out the worst job search advice:
1) Wait to hear back.
Hands down, the number one worst job hunting tip. The last thing you want to do when job searching is stop. It will only slow down the process. Never stop applying until you have a job offer, even if you nailed the job interview.
2) "When do I start?"
Avoid asking this question in a job interview. Some employers may find it confident or funny, but others may think it's a little too confident. Stay on the safe side. Asking questions in the interview will help you stand out, but make sure you're asking the right questions. Instead try, “How soon are you looking to fill the position?”
3) Apply everywhere.
Each job is different from the next, just like you're different from the next applicant. Apply for jobs that fit you, customize your cover letters and prepare for each interview separately. Applying by the masses may be convenient, but is it giving you the best shot at finding a job? Employers want to make sure you’re interested in their job, and not just any job.
4) Have your interview answers scripted.
Your personality is your secret weapon and an interview is your time to shine. Think of a few stories that you can use to express your skills and can use to answer common interview questions. It'll be like talking to a friend instead of trying to remember scripted answers and risk sounding like a robot.
5) Use family and friends as references.
References can really boost your job search by having people who can vouch for you and your work ethic. While your mom and best friend will say great things, they aren't proper references. You want to make sure you have references that can talk about your work ethic…not how great you are at cleaning your room. And remember, no matter who you select, make sure to ask first!
Whether your job search is going great or could use some help, steer clear of this advice at all costs. Happy job searching!