Even the savviest candidates can fall prey to mistakes that can cost them a job. Job hunting is not easy, and there’s no single perfect formula for success. But there are some errors you can avoid, to help you stay on the right track.
These tactical missteps include the following.
Too Much Time Spent Applying Online
For every job you pursue online, at least one or two other people will find a direct connection at that company and use it to lead to a personal introduction. This puts them ahead of you in line for the role, regardless of your qualifications.
- When you see an opportunity online that interests you, go to LinkedIn and see if you have any first- or second-degree connections to it. Make yours the first foot in the door!
Vying for Jobs When You’re Not a Match
If your resume and cover letter don’t speak to the specific needs and deliverables of a role, you’re wasting your time applying. You probably won’t make it past the applicant tracking system or other first step in the hiring process.
- If you feel strongly about a job and aren’t an obvious match for it, make yourself one. Gain new skills, volunteer, or do some relevant freelance work to add to your resume. Or, find a way to explain your rationale for applying directly to the hiring manager. For instance, show how your previous work experience would translate seamlessly into this new role.
Pushing Your Resume on Someone Too Soon
Networking and meeting new people is a plus when it comes to job hunting. But be careful not to ambush anyone by forcing your resume on them the moment you meet.
- Take time to find common ground and set the foundation for an ongoing relationship. For example, you might say something like, “I notice you’re in sales for XYZ Corporation. I’m in sales too, for a similar product, and I’ve heard great things about your company? Do you mind if I ask you a few quick questions?” Cashing in on this connection can come later.
Badgering Hiring Managers
It’s critically important to follow up after you’ve been contacted or interviewed by an employer, but don’t cross the line between being professional and being a desperate job stalker.
- A thank-you note, email or phone call is appropriate and appreciated. This also gives you the chance to mention anything you may have forgotten during your interview. But don’t go overboard.
TMI in Your Resume or Cover Letter
Your resume and cover letter should be concise descriptions of what you can offer an employer. So, unless the information is truly relevant, you probably don’t need to list every job you’ve had since high school, or all your hobbies and personal interests.
- You can take a little more liberty with your cover letter in terms of portraying your personality, but you also should keep this document clear and focused.
The experienced career counselors at PrideStaff Fresno can guide you through Steps A to Z in your job search, including pitfalls to avoid and how to make yourself shine as an outstanding candidate in every way. Read our related posts or contact us today to learn more.