You must have read tons of articles about how to get a job. But what are the things that might have prevented you from getting a job? Here are some mistakes that many people do.
Do not network
Many people only actively network when they are actively looking for a job. However, you should always be networking, when on the job market or not. Make use of social or professional networking sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook in order to connect with influential individuals within your industry. But don’t limit yourself specifically to your industry only. Expand your network and if you’re actively on the market, let people know that you are open to discussing career opportunities with them.
Use a generic resume for all job applications
If you want your resume to get chucked out fast, then send recruiters a generic resume! Whenever you are applying to any vacancy, read through the requirements carefully. If you match the skills that they are looking for, then make sure that you highlight this in your resume and in your cover letter. Your CV should be tailored to every job that you apply to. Don’t bother writing up your Career Objective; hiring managers are not necessarily bothered with reading this. What they should be seeing is how your experience fits in with their requirements. If the position requires for managerial experience, give a specific example of how you have previously managed people. Better yet, hire a professional resume writer to ensure your resume gets the attention it deserves.
Apply for jobs that you are not qualified for
Don’t ever apply to jobs that you do not have the skills for. If you have to inflate your experience (or even lie) in order to match the description of the job advertisement, then you shouldn’t be applying to it. The recruitment industry is small and recruiters talk amongst one another. If you have lied to boost your title or responsibilities, then the truth will eventually come out.
Be vague in your responses
If you are not confident in your ability to perform in the role that you are applying to, then rather don’t apply as opposed to giving vague answers in the hope that the interviewer won’t figure out that you actually don’t understand the question. Recruiters want to know specific details pertaining to the skills that you have and how your experience can help them to address the challenges that they have. Be very specific in your answers and wherever possible give examples.
Come to the job interview unprepared
Always do your research before going for a job interview. There is nothing worse for a company than when they ask you what you know about their company, that you respond saying that you know absolutely nothing about them. Never pitch up at the interview without having done your homework on who the company is. Try to prepare at least one or two interesting points of discussion (e.g. comment on a recent press release, business deal or marketing campaign that you have seen). Don’t insult the company though by telling them how you don’t agree with either a campaign or strategy. If they ask for suggestions, then give it in a professional subtle and insightfully intelligent manner.
Tell the recruiter that you are perfect for job
Even if you are perfect for the job, never directly tell the recruiter or interviewer that during an interview. Rather describe your strengths and experience by giving examples of how your skills match their requirements and then let the recruiter make up their own mind about you. You can be confident without being arrogant or pushy.
Bad-mouth your current or former employers
Even if your former employer was the devil himself, you should never badmouth him. Potential employers always become suspicious about anyone who tales about their former employers. If an interviewer probes you for dirt on your previous employer, resist the temptation. Rather, be tactful in your response and instead of telling the interviewer why you despise your current or former employer, turn the conversation around to explain what you felt you were not getting from your previous employers and what you would be looking for in terms of your future employment.
Write your own resume hastily
When you are looking for job, your resume is your most powerful weapon to score that dream job of yours. Most people think that writing resume is an easy job. However, more often than not, they are wrong. They end up submitting a messy and unimpressive resume which is quickly thrown into the trash bin.
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