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Top 5 Mistakes Millennials Make in Their Job Search

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Whether you"re right out of college or nearing retirement, the current job market is a tough one. To succeed, you need equal parts technical skills and experience. Unfortunately, more than 45% of millennials looking for work last year didn"t land a single job interview, according to online career network Beyond.com. Thankfully, experts say millennials are just as hirable as anyone else -- they simply make more interview and resume mistakes than their competition. Check out the top five mistakes millennials make and how to avoid them.

1. Not dressing your best -- really.


Sometimes the ordinary just isn"t going to cut it, says Jill Swanson, image coach and author of  Out the Door in 15 Minutes.

"First impressions are watermarked on your resume page," Swanson says. "You are there to impress the person you are interviewing with -- verbally, intellectually and visually."

If you dress like the interview was "just another stop on your daily to-do list," the interviewer will assume the job simply isn"t very high on your priority list, Swanson explains.

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"Those hiring look at interviewees" appearance and know that this is as good as it will get," she says. "Dress for the position you want -- look like a team member who already has it all together."

2. Not proofreading and perfecting your resume.

"Unfortunately, as a recruiter, I often see resumes from millennials that are littered with mistakes or look like they were thrown together quickly," says Lauren MacArthur, partner of information design and delivery at recruitment firm WinterWyman.

It"s important to show potential employers you have put time and effort into your resume and you care about how you present yourself, MacArthur says.

Make sure it"s well laid out and has no spelling or grammatical errors. If you"ve graduated within the past five years, include honors, activities and sports that will give a company the impression you"re a well-rounded prospect. Don"t forget to include community service and other activities outside of your job."


With that said, make sure you don"t exaggerate; overstating accomplishments may land you in hot water.
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