5 big mistakes job seekers make

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    As the job market continues to improve, increasing numbers of people are tempted to seek new employment. However, many wind up sabotaging their search by failing to follow some basic job-hunting rules like submitting a cover letter to a prospective employer.

    A Harris survey -- of 3,244 full-time workers across industries and company sizes conducted for the job website CareerBuilder and released today -- found a surprising number of them fell into this category.

    "Workers realize that the job market is stronger than it has been over the last eight years, and technology is allowing them to pursue new opportunities faster and more efficiently than ever," said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer for CareerBuilder, in a press release.

    "But just because they are able to submit an application easier, doesn't mean candidates can skip basic steps -- or requirements -- like submitting a cover letter or customizing their resumes. These items get the attention of recruiters and hiring managers, and leaving them out of the process can hurt a job seeker's chances of securing a new job."

    Check out the five most common job-seeker mistakes.

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