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The Job Seeking Behaviors You Should Avoid

Linda Le Phan

Hiring managers and HR professionals often think about job candidates as falling into one of two main job seeking buckets – active and passive – which is totally fair and pretty accurate; there are job seekers who are very motivated to find a new opportunity and others who are “just checking around”.

However, beyond these two really broad categorizations, there are some specific behaviors among job seekers that hiring managers are very tuned into that also influence their hiring process. Let’s start by talking about the behaviors hiring managers typically don’t like. Because not only are these behaviors, in my opinion, super fascinating to learn about, but they’re also incredibly useful to keep in mind (and, of course, avoid!) if you find yourself looking for a job.

Here are the job seeking behaviors to avoid if you can and why:

Mindless applying

When you’re out of a job, or worse, when you’re miserable at your current job, you might think the best solution is to apply to any and every job listing that relates to your skillset – besides, more applications = the fastest way out, right? Well, not quite. Hiring managers can usually sense when a job application hasn’t been tailored to what they were asking for in the job listing and also who they are as an employer, so this could work to your detriment. And on top of that, if you don’t take the time to learn about a company before you apply to make sure it could be a good fit, there’s a chance you might end up right where you started – miserable, jobless or both.

Chronic job hopping

If you’ve never heard about this type of job seeker behavior, it’s time you do. Job hopping, in short, is not spending a long time (say, a year or less) at one job before moving on to the next and doing that for several consecutive roles. While this behavior has become much more common in this current generation of job seekers compared to in decades past, it’s still something hiring managers commonly flag as a negative, since it signals a possible lack of career focus, a larger inability to commit to a job or company, and quite frankly, a real likeliness that you would bail on them within just a year or two or even less.

Trying to be a jack of all trades

Having a very wide range of skills in your resume may sound like a great idea, especially if you’re someone who’s “good at” many different things and enjoys wearing different hats, but this doesn’t always reflect positively on you as a job candidate. There are two reasons many hiring managers pass on candidates with broad, “jack of all trades” background: 1) they’re looking for someone to solve a specific problem, which requires deep knowledge in that problem area, and 2) they may assume that the variety of different things on the resume is a way to compensate for a lack of ability, discipline or interest in diving deep into a particular area.


Are you guilty of any of these job seeking behaviors? Want to hear more job seeker advice and insights? Connect with us @kununu_USAnd if you’re feeling up to it, share thoughts about your own company culture and workplace with us.


Linda Le Phan is the Content Marketing Manager at kununu US, a place where job seekers can get an authentic view of life at a company and where employers have a trusted platform to better engage talent. That means that everything on the editorial calendar goes through her (want to write for us? learn more here). When she’s not creating content about the modern workplace, company culture, and life & work hacks, she is probably going out to get an iced coffee (even in Boston winter), raiding the snack drawer, or jamming to kununu’s Spotify playlist.