Sure, getting hired by a company you respect, for a position you are excited about is not the easiest thing to achieve. But if you keep on making the same childish mistakes over and over again you will not position yourself in the category of top-notch candidates. This in turn will likely cost you the job you are dreaming of.
In order to prove to the hiring manager that you are worth the job you are applying for you must show due diligence, reliability and dedication as well as attention to detail. Failing to do so, will result in missing amazing job opportunities. Here are some signs that unfortunately prove that you are not worth the job you are longing for.
You start your job search with expectations that are too specific or too broad
Starting your job search without taking a balanced approach will probably kill your chances of yielding interviews. Applying too broadly could be a waste of time because employers hate receiving generic applications. On the other hand, applying too narrowly will not help you find many jobs to apply for. Therefore, set some boundaries for your job search in a way that will allow you to meet both yours and your potential employer’s expectations.
Your resume is too sloppy and self-centered
Not only your resume is not marketable because it doesn’t have a consistent structure, with lots of typos and wrong keywords that are not in line with the job description, but the “objective” revolves around you instead of what the employer needs. Well, let’s put things in order. First of all, failing to proofread your resume making sure it has no grammar or punctuation mistakes, the right length and formatting, consists a red flag. This is confirmed by Laszlo Bock, SVP People Operations at Google, who outlines the biggest mistakes he’s seen on resumes. On top of this, if your objective is too focused on what you want rather than what you bring to the employer, will likely turn employers off.
You rely too much on listings and job fairs
Thinking that you can find the job you want through job boards and generic job fairs which contain a broad range of job opportunities is totally wrong and obsolete. This mentality will likely lead to a job that is not for you. Focus your time and energy on developing a personal connection with your favoured employer and use it as an entry point to network your way into your dream job.
You start the application process too late
In a fierce and highly competitive job market, acting tactfully is key. With 41% of UK graduates making at least one job application to a graduate employer almost a year before graduation, you shouldn’t wait too long to begin the process. Procrastinating could put you behind the competition. Research when your industry’s preferred employer starts recruiting, and invest as much time and energy in your campaign as you can.
You don’t dedicate enough time to the process
Sure, it’s not always the amount of time a jobseeker devotes to the process that plays a crucial role in finding a job, but if the time you are spending is not exploited fruitfully, then you will hardly manage to achieve your career goals. Make sure you manage time wisely, and establish a routine to schedule your job seeking activities, household tasks, networking activities, family gatherings, exercise etc. The key here is to maintain a balanced daily routine that will allow you to stay connected with your social circle while staying on top of the job seeking process.
You fail to fine tune your digital footprint
Not using the extra time to check and polish – if necessary - your social media profile could cost you the job, regardless of how diligently you have crafted your resume or how well you have done at the interview. Remove all these drunken, bikini-clad photos on Facebook or lock them down with the right privacy settings
Your cover letter repeats the resume
Using a cover letter that repeats what’s in your resume is a big Don’t. Put yourself in the place of the recruiter. Would you want to read the same information in two different documents, when your purpose is to gauge the suitability of an applicant? In order to avoid using the same content on your resume and cover letter, think of the cover letter as a short introduction to your resume which should tell the reader you what you can bring to the job.
You don’t show enough appreciation for the interviewer
Candidates often fail to express gratitude and thank the interviewer in person for their time. That’s a foul! Show that you are sincerely interested in the job saying that you would consider it a privilege to work at the company and ask about the next step in the process. It is equally important to follow up after the interview and send out a thoughtful thank you note adding in some important points that you forgot to mention. This approach will highlight your character in a positive light and potentially swing the opinion of hiring managers to your favour.
You under-utilize your network
Don’t let your personal growth agenda drive your professional development. Without making the most of your network and forging mutually beneficial relationships with key contacts, you won’t excel professionally. Spot the best career peers to network with or people from your academic environment to increase your chances of success. Establish rapport and consistent communication with these people and always strive to keep your relationship alive. Networking will definitely change your professional and personal life in a positive way.
Letting emotions and frustration get the best of you
Allowing disappointment and irritation overwhelm you clearly shows you are not resilient enough to cope with the gruelling job seeking process and bounce back from various rejections. This is an alarming sign that you should change your approach in the way you search for jobs or market yourself, become more proactive and come up with alternative strategies and plans to achieve your goals. Panic and frustration will lead to a dead-end.
Pay particular attention to these ten signs that are detrimental to your success as a job applicant. If you find out that any of these situations apply to you, look for meaningful ways to rectify them. Last but not least, good luck with your job search!
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