We may all have been jobless at some point and being rejected by one employer after another can be frustrating, most especially when you cannot pinpoint what makes them not hire you. Here are ten common mistakes that you might want to look to for and avoid when applying for a job.
Putting Excessive and Unnecessary Information on Your Resume
Employers are more likely to take a quick good look at your resume and skim through it while looking for any information that will make you fit for the position you are applying for. It is recommended to highlight your strengths such as skills and certifications. Keep it short and sweet.
Failing to Submit a Useful Cover Letter
Hiring managers do not want sob stories. Avoid claiming that you are applying for the job because you want to gain experience or because you heard the pay is good. Let them know what you can do for them instead of enumerating what they can do for you.
Coming for a Job Interview Underdressed or Late
First impressions last and also discourage employers from hiring you. It is a big mistake to show up for an interview wearing inappropriate party clothes or ones that look like you have slept in on them the night before.
Coming late simply translates to you not caring much about getting the job that you cannot afford to wake early and come on time. Allot ample time to get ready and look crisp.
Bad Mouthing Previous Employers
When a hiring manager asks you why you left your previous company does not go on an endless rant about bad management, being dissatisfied about the paycheck, not having your own sleeping quarters at the office, you get the drift. Remember that you are in a job interview and not in a session with your therapist.
Even if your reason for leaving your former employer is a negative one, phrase it positively. Say for example you were unhappy about the enormous workload and little pay; do not call them your ex-boss cheap. Rather explain that the salary has become insufficient with your lifestyle and that you are searching for better opportunities.
Not Having Reliable References
The lack of references can mean two things, either everything you have written in your resume is make believe or you keep leaving your employers on a bad note.
Putting Oneself on a Bad Light
One popular trick question posed by recruiters is why they should not hire you. To which most applicants scramble to think of a good answer for like, I’m bad with deadlines or I might be traveling out of the country within a year. Stop. Never sell yourself short.
Let them know that there is no reason for them not to hire you and instead mention your strengths that will make them see why you are the employee they are looking for.
Not Doing Enough Research About the Company or the Job Itself
If you want a job, the least you can do is come prepared. Show the recruiter that you are decided on getting the job. Doing proper research will also help you align yourself with the company’s values and vision.
Nothing is more off-putting to recruiters than applicants who look as if they have no idea why they are being interviewed at all.
Not matching Your Qualifications with the Job
It is best to go after jobs where you can really highlight your previous employment experiences and skills. If the job you want has no relation whatsoever with your qualifications, it is best to at least have some background with relevant skills required by undergoing training.
Little Mistakes on Your Resume and Interview
Some slight blunders that may seem unimportant to us can be tell-tale signs to an employer which could inevitably lead to getting rejected.
That typo on your resume, annoying pen clicking habit while in an interview, or failure to greet the recruiter as you get called in are little mistakes that could have been avoided. Keep everything polished, act professional but not stiff, and allow very little room for errors if completely unavoidable.
Take Rejections Personally
Sometimes no matter how well we think we did on a job interview, we still come up unsuccessful and this ultimately makes a huge dent on our confidence and motivation. Instead of dwelling on the negative feedback, take some time to look back on things that you said during the interview and evaluate yourself for your own improvement.
Job hunting is a daunting task but if you play your cards right and take note of the things listed in this article, we are sure you will eventually get the job that you are applying for.