Mistakes during job search are common both for new applicants and seasoned employees. And the hiring authorities like human resource managers do not think twice before pointing out those mistakes. From silly mistakes like showing up in casual, funky pants during the interview process to serious mistakes like badmouthing the previous employers- all these do really happen in the real world. It’s a fact that these mistakes grate on the nerves of the employers. So jobseekers… avoid those mistakes, avoid being on the bad books of employers and avoid derailing your job search by knowing about those pitfalls.
We know that job-searching is a difficult process; so you need to be careful at every step-from drafting a tailored resume to following up with the hiring authority post the interview. Go through these common blunders that are enough to make your job search process a bad and exhausted experience.
1. No solid groundwork for job search: Not following any methodology during the job search process job is surely a big blunder. A person cannot be eligible for all jobs. You must not look for jobs that do not match your educational qualification and experience. It simply leads to waste of effort, time and energy. You must know what profile suits your skill sets, education and experience, if any. Don’t panic. Instead do some basic groundwork to define your job target. Many times new applicants or people who join work after a sabbatical take the easiest process and land up spending more time, unnecessarily. Listing your target jobs, preferred location, salary expectation and searching accordingly will surely narrow down the process.
2. Relying only on job advertisements: Most of us search for job advertisements in newspapers or through online job portals. Yes, these searches can lead you to your dream job. But you must not rely on these sources only. If you have a list of companies you like to work with, you must visit their websites to have a look at their job openings or career section.
3. Not using technology and social media: In this age of social media and networking, you must not limit your job search to the above options like job ads only. Use Facebook, Twitter and messenger applications on your phone to advertise for your talents and search relevant jobs.
Networking is also important in doing job search. Networking means to establish contact with persons who can help you with information about job openings or refer you to some managers or hiring authorities. In your quest for the perfect jobs, these people will help you. You can start with one friend of yours who can refer you to others. You must help your friends or friends of friends to know you better. Many times, individuals land in getting good opportunities in lesser time through this networking process.
4. Drafting long resume with clichéd phrases: Many employees consider the same resume for all the jobs they are applying for. How can you use the same resume for all applications? The purpose of a resume is to let the prospective employers know about your qualifications and experience and most importantly, how you fit into the role they are looking for. Giving unnecessary details will only annoy the person reading the resume. Although you may be knowing the golden rules of writing a perfect resume, going through the following points will surely benefit you:
i. Don’t use clichés or buzz words that may affect your image negatively. Put in simple words what you have to say without beating around the bush.
ii. Even if you are expert in using your language, it is better to have someone check your resume for grammatical mistakes, typo errors.
iii. Don’t mention any information like those of hobbies, which are not related to your work at all.
iv. Putting wrong information about skills is no way to impress others. Once they get to know about this, you may be shown the door to exit even after performing well during the interview.
5. Not including cover letter: You must send a cover letter along with your resume. Like resumes, you must draft different cover letters for different companies.
i. Pay attention to include any specific information regarding your education or experience that the managers might want to know.
ii. While sending so many resumes and cover letters, it may happen that you put the wrong company name. Don’t forget to check whether you have used the right company name.
iii. Refrain from telling life stories or information irrelevant to the job in your cover letters. Managers simply don’t have time and interests in reading stories. Two points ‘why you want the job’ and ‘how can the company benefit by hiring you’- must be clearly mentioned.
iv. Do not sound too aggressive or over-confident by using sentences like ‘I would like to call you next week to fix an appointment’. You may use sentences like ‘I would like to speak with you further regarding the position at a time of your convenience.’
6. Not preparing for interviews: Landing your dream job by beating out other competitors will require some effort on your part. One of the worst things you can do to prolong your search is going unprepared for the interview. Do some homework regarding the company, the job profile you will be interviewed for, some common interview questions and answers.
7. Not creating a good impression during the interview: Although no one wants to create a bad impression during the interview process; sometimes, unknowingly we commit such mistakes. Dressing too casually, reaching late, badmouthing the previous employers and colleagues, exaggerating our skills can be some examples.
8. Forgetting about sending ‘thank-you’ notes: Not sending a thank you note can be a big mistake. Such a note should be written in simple words and sent within 2 days of your interview process. Don’t send the same letter to every manager who has interviewed you as they keep forwarding the letters to one another.
Avoiding all these mistakes will surely help in building your image and take you closer to your dream job.