How to Avoid Common Job Seeker Mistakes – Part Two
Continuing our blog post, here are some other ways to avoid making common job seeker mistakes.
Starting the Process Too Late
At Select Resumes, we offer a priority service. This is highly popular as for several reasons; clients are wanting to apply for jobs with a fast-approaching deadline. Although we are used to reacting quickly for clients in these situations, if you are doing things yourself, you are not leaving much time for much-need preparations. Rushing a new or updated resume and application, with possible key selection criteria to contend with as well, is a bad tactic that won’t do you any favours. At the very least, have you resume constantly updated and at the ready. Constantly be looking adding to it with new professional development, updated references and key achievements. That way, when the perfect job offer suddenly materialises, you will be at least halfway there preparation-wise.
Don’t Ignore Contract or Part-Time Work
A lot of job seekers only consider opportunities for full-time, permanent employment. The problem is that there may not be enough of these jobs to go around. Studies show that a growing number of employers are making more use of contingent workers. Some experts even speculate that contingent workers – that is, freelancers, temps, contract workers, part-timers, etc. – may soon be the norm.
Jobseekers who only apply for full-time positions are shooting themselves in the feet. On the flip side, those who are open to part-time, temporary, and freelance work are maximising their chances of job search success.
Each Employer is Different – Treat Them That Way
Employers don’t want to hire someone who wants just any job – they want to hire someone who really wants this job, and to work at their company. Employers see passionate candidates as more committed, engaged, and, ultimately, more hireable.
However, many applicants take a one-size-fits-all approach to the job search, sending out the same resume and the same cover letter to multiple employers and giving the same canned answers to every interview question.
Jobseekers need to make sure to show each employer that it is their No. 1 choice – or at least on their very shortlist. The best way to do this is to develop a tailored resume and cover letter that specifically show an employer why you are both suited to and passionate about not only the job but also the company itself. A job seeker’s genuine passion should also come out during the interview process, which job seekers can do by making regular references to the ways in which they’ll thrive and succeed at a particular company.
Finally, Some Things That Should Be Obvious…
Yes, we know you’ve heard it again and again and again. But given that a recent survey found that 58% of resumes have typos, we’re going to say it just one more time.
How can you stop falling prey to resume typos? Read it back, out loud. Then, have someone else read your resume – other people can more easily spot errors because they haven’t been staring at the page for hours. If that is really not possible, install Grammarly. It’s is an American-based technology company that provides a digital writing assistance tool based on artificial intelligence and natural language processing. And it’s brilliant.
Another pretty obvious one, but believe us- it still happens is lying. Lying on your resume and lying in your interview. Honesty is always the best policy. If you feel like there’s part of your background that is not quite up to par, your best bet is to be creative – but truthful—positioning.
Unless it has a bearing on your abilities to do a job, believe or not, your prospective employer isn’t interested in your hobbies. They don’t care if you love basketball, are active in your book club, or are a member of a Pilates group, but we still see this stuff on resumes anyway. Eliminate anything that’s not totally transferable to work-related skills (or a really, really epic conversation starter).
Job seekers can significantly improve their job-hunting games if they learn to avoid these mistakes at all costs. Sure, we’ve all made these sorts of missteps before — but those of us who really want to find jobs need to ensure we never make them again.