During a recent lunch with friends, one shared that she had just secured a job interview. One of the ladies immediately stated: “Good luck!” enthusiastically.
As well meaning as my friend was, job hunting is not about luck. Those fortunate enough to land the job of their dreams are rarely lucky – their success is built upon hard work and careful planning.

You already know to do your research and send thank you notes. But still – even smart women make mistakes while job hunting. Avoid making these and you’re well on your way to success:

Listing job duties on your resume rather than accomplishments. It’s not unusual for hiring managers to have to sift through hundreds of resumes. The ones that stand out are the ones that are specific. Don’t just say that you were in charge of sales for the North Texas region – say that you exceeded your sales objectives by eight percent.

Not “Googling” yourself. Managers routinely check out candidates online. Know what Google and your social media accounts say about you before sending out that resume. Update your LinkedIn account to ensure that your accomplishments are updated. Ask for contacts to recommend you on your profile.

Thinking you don’t need a proofreader. Even the best writers need a second pair of eyes. Your materials should be pristine – especially if you plan on bragging about your “attention to detail.” Nothing will get you in the “no” pile faster than a statement that you are an excellent “pubic” speaker. Ouch.

Using a one-sized fits all approach. Tweak every resume and cover letter for the position that is open. Look at the job posting for clues as to what they are looking for, and tweak lightly. If they use the term “public relations” and your resume uses “external communications,” then adjust accordingly.

Failing to network. Once you make the decision to begin searching for your next opportunity, be sure to let your contacts know and ask them to keep their eyes open for positions that may fit your talents. Of course, be discreet and ask for their discretion in kind – especially if you are still employed. And for heaven’s sake, don’t trash your current employer! Just state you are looking to grow professionally.

Have you landed the interview? Congratulations! Be sure to check out this great article on what interview mistakes to avoid: http://articles.marketwatch.com/2012-11-26/finance/35353552_1_job-seekers-career-advisory-board-online-survey