As a recent graduate you are probably excited to join the workforce, however, in your eagerness you might make mistakes that will cost you. But don’t be afraid! Below we are listing the top mistakes that graduates make in their job search and application, so that you can avoid these pitfalls as you begin looking for work. So if you are a graduate looking for sound career advise, read on for some interesting information. 1. Applying for all jobs You might be tempted to apply for every job available, however, it is more prudent to pay attention to the jobs that match your qualifications and skills. Also remember to customize your CV to each job, in order to achieve better prospects. 2. Waiting for the perfect job On the other hand, many graduates are waiting for the ideal job that they have dream about since starting university. Unfortunately, not all job prospects will meet your specifications, and it is therefore important to keep an open mind while searching for a job. 3. Forgetting to proofread your application A common misconception that graduates have is that employers only reject applications because of big mistakes. This is false, something as simple as a typo can dramatically reduce your chance of getting the job. It is therefore important for you to take time to proofread your work, so that your CV, cover letter, and application are flawless. 4. Not looking for jobs offline We live in a globalized world where everyone is connected by the internet. It is therefore easy to look for advertisements on job posting sites, but in doing so you might forget that many companies still use alternative (offline) advertising methods. 5. Failing to research a company When you apply for a job, it is essential for you to familiarize yourself with the company that is offering the job. This is important as it allows you to determine whether you are a right fit for the company, in addition to giving you the knowledge to answer any questions you might face in the interview room. 6. Having an unfiltered online presence Once you have applied for a job the hope is that your potential employers will love your application and will try and find out more about you. However, it will be extremely unfortunate if your potential employer searches your name and comes upon a social media profile with controversial statements and even more controversial pictures- your new boss does not need to know about last week’s out of control beach party. 7. Making negative comments about past employers Yes, your last boss may have been a pain to deal with, but do not tell your new boss that. Your words and actions regarding your past employer should always be polite and positive, regardless of the way you left your last job. This is because your potential employer may be worried that you would be making the same negative comments if you leave this job. 8. Failing to ask questions in the interview room Showing interest is always an attractive quality to interviewers, and you should therefore ask questions at the end of your interview. Come prepared with questions so that you look organized, focused, and passionate. 9. Not having any real-world experience In the past, graduates applied for entry-level jobs with the intention of gaining experience to complement what they had learned in university. However, the landscape has changed, and you are now expected to have at least 1 year of experience before you apply for an entry-level position. 10. Forgetting to say thank you Something as simple and polite as sending a thank you note once your interview is done will elevate you above other prospects. This post-interview step is crucial, and shows that you respect the interviewers time and efforts.