In a crowded field, job seekers have a difficult time standing out. Catch the attention of recruiters with a concise cover letter, mistake-free resume and a polished LinkedIn profile. However, some common mistakes can lead to job search failure for even the most qualified applicants.

A 2013 survey of job seekers revealed as many as 75 percent of job applicants did not hear back from an employer. Motivation cannot solve the dilemma of not receiving call backs. Some misguided job search tactics can dissuade potential employers from hiring you. Avoid these mistakes to turn a job search failure into a success.

1. Fill Out an Application and Wait

2. Blindly Apply for Jobs

3. Hand Out Unsolicited Resumes

4. Frequent Phone Calls

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