It’s nearly impossible to conduct a perfect job search. You will make mistakes along the way, and most are easy to recover from as long as you learn from them. The job searching process is just that, a process, and improving as you go on is a part of that.
It’s definitely a bad sign when you’re not seeing results from your efforts, or even worse that you’re making the same mistakes more often. Many of these common simple mistakes are easy to fixed when caught. The best way to catch yourself from tripping is with a careful eye and a conscious mind.
Here are some mistakes that yours may be overlooking:
Showing up to an interview unprepared is like wearing a name tag that says, “Hello, I’m NEW.” It becomes obvious that you’re not used to the interview protocol. Granted, not everyone has been to enough interviews to become an expert interviewee. All the same, one should always know what their expectations are especially if it could make or break your career.
2) Negative comments
Whether in a cover letter or during an interview, never express hard feelings toward anyone from your professional past. The second you do you can kiss your professional future go goodbye. Remember that everyone goes through hardships at one point or another in their career, but the real test is how you tackle those challenges. Negative comments can sound like bitterness or excuses to a potential employer. Instead, show them how you learned and grew from those tough experiences.
3) Not following directions
When things seem easily doable, people can often ignore the directions with the notion that they already know exactly what to do. The problem is, they don’t. Many employers will provide directions on their way of taking applications and for obtaining certain requested information. Failing to abide by specific directions is an quick way to get eliminated as a candidate since potential employers will look for this first. They are checking to make sure that you are thorough and read the fine print. There’s nothing worse than making a mistake that is easily preventable.
4) Limiting your resources
Job openings are not only posted online or in the classifieds. You can find them through social media as well as at job fairs. One way that you can find jobs that aren’t posted is by creating a list of companies you want to apply to and find out who some of the people are who work there that may be able to help you. These people would include managers, human resources, and recruiters. Since the jobs are going to find you, you have to go out there and find them.