The #1 Reason People Fail to Land Job Interviews, According to a Career Coach

Kelsey Clark

There are few things more frustrating than stumbling upon your dream job only to find that the position has been filled before you could even land an interview. But if this rejection template becomes a pattern, career coach and founder of HireLearners Rudy Racine suggests taking a closer look at your job searching process to find out what's holding you back.

"The truth is, there's no 'one size fits all' solution to guarantee you'll get an interview," he writes for The Muse. "Sometimes a pretty minor change will make the difference. Other times, you need to revamp your overall strategy. And it can be hard to know where on the spectrum you fall." To find out where you stand, Racine first suggests taking a closer look at your materials for glaring grammatical errors.

Typos can speak volumes about your professionalism, attention to detail, and overall level of conscientiousness—a trait that's closely linked to professional success. Do a line edit yourself first, and then ask a friend or colleague to review your materials before you apply for the job. "A fresh set of eyes may be the answer to finding mistakes," he concludes.

For more job-searching advice, read up on the one word to remove from your LinkedIn profile.

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