Tuesday, 8 August 2017

6 common job search mistakes

Have you applied for lots of jobs but have had little or no success? It’s all too easy to feel worn down by the process when little or no progress is being made. So, now is the time to stop, take a step back and re-think how you are approaching your job search.

1. You are searching for a new job whilst at work

Endlessly browsing job ads when you’re bored at work and sending off rushed job applications in your lunch break is not the right way to approach your job search. Finding a new job should be a task you enjoy and get excited about. So, set aside some time and focus on it when you’re feeling refreshed, positive and energised.

2. You are exaggerating the truth

You must remember that expert screeners will immediately spot when something doesn’t add up. A lie here or there could see your chances reduced from shortlist to dust bin in a moment. Even if you made it to the shortlist, you’ll be left floundering in a job interview.

3.  You are applying for every single role you find

Job searching is not a numbers game – the likelihood of being asked to interview does not increase with every job application you send. Although it may be tempting to apply for each vaguely relevant job you find, this is a waste of your time. Only apply for roles for which your skills and experience clearly match. Ensure you read the job description in full and tailor your application accordingly (see below).

4. You aren’t tailoring each application

Be sure to tailor your CV for each application, clearly emphasizing how your skills and experience make you the ideal candidate for that particular role, and remember to proof read everything. The same goes for cover letters. Taking the time to do this demonstrates to the recruiter or employer that you are serious about the role and will help you stand out from the competition.

5. You look unprofessional on social media

We’ve all seen it, that cringe-worthy photo from a friend’s birthday party that she’s now using as her LinkedIn profile picture. Do not fall into this trap. Put yourself in the shoes of a potential employer and critically analyse your presence online. Use privacy settings if you need to, but ensure anything your future employer can find online about you depicts the most professional impression possible.

6. You didn’t follow up

The hard work doesn’t end when you hit submit on your application – the reality is that it has only just begun. Follow up with the recruiter or employer to find out the status of your application. This will highlight your proactive attitude, your interest in the role and give you the edge over other applicants.

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