BOSTON (TheStreet) -- Persistent, double-digit unemployment has spared no industry, and with millions of Americans out-of-work, competition for a paycheck is fierce.
The key to landing a job isn't so much what you do, says career coach Ford Myers, as what not to do.
Myers, author of Get The Job You Want, Even When No One's Hiring (John Wiley & Sons, 2009), spoke to TheStreet about 10 common mistakes made by job hunters.
MISTAKE 1: RESPONDING TO ONLINE JOB POSTINGS
Myers says online job postings, much like print-based "want ads," may seem a direct conduit to employers, but often have little value.
He doesn't say they should be ignored. Ads in specialty trade publications and on niche websites can offer good leads. In most cases, however, he suggests spending no more than 5% of your time on public job postings.
"During the last five years, I can only think of two clients who ever got a job from an online job posting, whereas I have hundreds who got their jobs through other means. Does it work sometimes? Yes, but very rarely. I just don't believe in it unless you are talking about a job at McDonald's (MCD) flipping burgers."