Huge Mistakes to Avoid While Job Hunting

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Job hunting is a long and frustrating process. The trouble is, some people make it much harder for themselves than it needs to be.

Regardless of whether you’re stuck in a job you hate, have recently become unemployed, or are just looking for a change, even the savviest of job seekers are bound to make a mistake here or there.

When you’re in the middle of a job search, even the smallest of blunders could be the difference between you landing the position and being removed from the hiring process.

Use these job hunting tips to find the best job out there for you. One that interests you, utilizes your skills, pays a good salary, and helps you live your life to the fullest.

Here are 7 huge mistakes to avoid when job hunting. 

Keeping It To Yourself

Searching for a new job is a very personal experience. However, that doesn’t mean that you should keep it entirely to yourself.

The time it takes most people to secure new employment is usually at least three months, but can be much longer. With the help of friends, family, and professional connections, it is possible to reduce this timeline.

Knowing which top companies are currently hiring (or will be soon) can be incredibly helpful. Because of this, you should talk to colleagues and loved ones in similar fields to see if they can get you in touch with any of the right people.

Only Applying Through Online Job Listings

The first place most people start their job hunt is online with job boards and job search websites. These are a great source of information that have been helping job seekers find work for years now.

They allow job seekers to learn about open positions and hiring companies, as well as easily apply for jobs with one click. Many of these sites also offer daily or weekly job alerts and have a mobile app, making it even easier for people to apply for a new job.

That being said, you might consider not applying for a position through the online listing yourself. With the process being so easy, hundreds (even thousands) of people apply through these job sites each day.

For a better chance of standing out, you should apply directly to the company or hiring manager, if you can.

Be sure to carefully read the job posting, though. If it specifies how they want you to apply, you must follow their instructions if you want to be considered for the job.

Overlooking The Job Requirements

While you should remain open to job opportunities rather than specific job openings, you can’t cast your net too far.

For one reason or another, some jobs simply won’t be suitable for you.

A lot of the time, job seekers apply for their “dream job” or positions they’re not qualified for based on the job title, hoping the hiring manager won’t notice.

Unless you plan to attend a school, like Rutgers University and get the relevant degree, this won’t work out in your favor. You have to read the whole job description!

Rather than waste your time, you should focus your job search so that you’ll have more success. 

Sending Out Inadequate Resumes

Many job applications are automatically screened through an applicant tracking system first, so your resume and cover letter need to include the main keywords from the job description if you want your application to be seen by a person.

The resume and cover letter that you send to a potential employer is the very first opportunity that you have to impress them. Because of this, you must make sure that it is the best that it can be.

A resume littered with typos, grammatical errors, and other mistakes is unlikely to land you an interview. This is why proofreading is so important. Make sure that you check your resume on the computer and on paper to catch these errors. Ask a friend or career coach to look at it too to make sure it’s tailored to the specific job opportunities you are after and that it passes the 6-second resume glance test

Having No Questions Prepared

Nearly everyone goes into a job interview prepared to answer the common interview questions that they might be asked. However, there is one that very few people know how to answer – “Do you have any questions for me?

Job candidates must always go into interviews prepared to ask the interviewer a list of your own questions. These should be about the company and its goals, as well as the position that you’re applying for. While there are some questions that are better to avoid asking, asking none is worse.

Posting Inappropriate Content Online

Before they decide whether or not to give you that job offer, most hiring managers will look you up online. Based off of your social media presence, they will form an image of the sort of person that you are, which can influence their decision. This means that everything that you post online must be appropriate for a hiring manager to see. You don’t want to be caught insulting your old boss or bragging about your bad habits. If you can’t hold back, then increase your privacy settings.

If you don’t already have one, creating a LinkedIn profile is a great way to use social media and networking sites to your advantage. You can use LinkedIn to provide more details on your career development and professional accomplishments.

Forgetting To Follow Up

After an interview, you can’t just sit around and wait for that all-important call. Instead, you need to be proactive and show the hiring manager that you’re genuinely interested in the position that you applied for. One of the easiest ways to do this is to send a follow-up letter or thank you note, either in person or via email. Even the busiest people on the planet have the time to do this. By thanking the hiring manager for their time and reaffirming your interest, you will set yourself apart from all of those that didn’t bother. 

Job hunting is a difficult process, don’t make your job search any harder by making the mistakes above. 


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