There are many things that can impact your success during a job search. How many can you think of? Here are some of the more common mistakes which can make the difference between finding your fit or missing the mark:
1. Not using your network – It is important to inventory your acquaintances in the field of your interest. Reach out and inquire about opportunities. You can also attend networking events and build relationships that lead to open positions.
2. Limiting your options – Expand your search beyond posted jobs. Contact the H.R. department of some companies you are interested in. There can be upcoming positions or jobs that aren’t widely advertised.
3. Having undefined goals – Employers are interested in candidates that have a clear vision in their job desires. Having defined short and long-term goals help you articulate your fit and passion for a position.
4. Not doing the research – Knowing about the company you are applying to work for is key. Learning about the vision and philosophy of a company can help you know if you’d be a good fit.
5. Having errors on your resume – A well-written resume free of errors is your first impression. Have others proofread your resume and cover letter before you submit it. Your attention to detail and written communication skills are scrutinized by hiring managers.
6. Not having an online presence – Employers may search for your name online. If they find your resume on professional networking sites, it can help you in the process. Also review your other social media sites for personal content that you may not want visible.
7. Being unprepared for the interview – Don’t leave anything to chance. Choose attire that is appropriate for your industry. Prepare how you would respond to common industry questions. Make a list of questions you have about the position/company.
8. Speaking negatively about previous employers – It is usually best to avoid making negative comments about previous positions, companies, managers, and co-workers. You don’t want to appear unprofessional. Focus on what you’ve learned from other positions and how to handle challenges.
9. Not following up after an interview – Within 1-2 days after your interview, send a Thank You email or handwritten note. Leave a positive impression after your interview!
10. Reaching out TOO much after an interview – Do not call frequently asking about your hiring status. If you feel the need to reach out, wait at least one week.
Finding a job is a job and a job search can be an exciting time. Stay positive and put your best foot forward!