Mistakes Job Seekers Make

Here at Goldbeck Recruiting Inc. we receive job applications from thousands of people in a year. We often notice that some job seekers do things that sometimes costs them the job.  Job hunting can be a stressful task, and job seekers often make mistakes because of the stress.  However, there are few things that a job seeker should keep in mind.

Searching Aimlessly

If you are sending out resumes without fully understanding what your ideal job is, you are wasting your time. Having a clear cut idea of what field and type of job you want to work in helps narrow down and increase your chances of getting through.

Writing Long Cover Letters

Cover Letters should be to brief and to the point. Using bullet points help a lot and help the employer to focus on the important parts. Use the cover letter to highlight value items that are NOT in your resume.

Criticizing Former Employers

Badmouthing your previous employers is never a good idea. It is not the place or the time to badmouth them, instead when asked “Why did you leave your previous employer?” A simple answer like “Looking for new opportunities and broaden horizons”.

Wearing Unprofessional Attire

It is true that more start-ups have a more lax attitude but remember grandma always said, “It’s better to be overdressed than under-dressed”.  A professional attire can go a long way in your first impression with the employer.

Not Asking the Right Questions at the Interview

Always research about the company you have an interview with.  Have a basic idea on the industry and the kind of work they do. This shows that you have interest in working there and the right questions only strengthen this idea in the employer’s mind.

Poor Body Language

This is a very important aspect of an interview.  The interviewer not only listens carefully to what you speak but also observes your body language.  Any nervous habits and fidgeting must be controlled.

Forgetting to Follow up

One of the biggest mistakes a job seeker could do is forget to follow up after the interview.  The follow up should consist of a short email of about 3-4 paragraphs that reminds the employer why your skills will be the perfect match for the job.  You should also express your eagerness to get hired and thank them for their time.

These are some of the basics that should help you get going. The good news is, these are all avoidable mistakes if you are determined and aware of them.

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