If you haven't written a cover letter in years, don't start by trying to revise your old cover letter, Sara McCord writes. Start by researching best practices for writing a cover letter and putting together a rough draft, she suggests.
Some of the biggest mistakes job seekers make include not following directions, career expert Sara McCord writes in this blog post. Job seekers should not go beyond what a job description asks for, she advises. Instead, they should send exactly what's asked for and take time to carefully review all correspondence with a job prospect before responding.
Get some idea of the questions you will be asked during an interview by checking Glassdoor to see if anyone who has already gone through the interview process has written anything, Lily Zhang writes. You could also simply ask the hiring manager beforehand. "[D]on't underestimate what you can learn from just asking how to best prepare for the interview," Zhang writes.
If you only reach out to your network when you need a job, you're wasting a valuable resource, Sara McCord writes. Contacts can help you with a variety of issues such as helping you find expertise in another field and providing trusted feedback, she writes.
When you sense your interview isn't going as well as you'd like, take a moment to collect yourself and don't be afraid to change things up, Sara McCord suggests. Ultimately, don't take a rocky interview personally and remember to follow up as usual afterward.