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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