“What Not to Do” during Job Hunting!

Here I am deliberating about all categories of applicants’ right from senior level to freshers. I am suggesting a few tips to send a perfect CV.

No matter how skilled or experienced you are, a few easy to make mistakes can always get in your way. For instance, a single typo in your resume and you are gone. Just because of this small error the interviewer may question your professionalism. That one wrong move can cancel out all the right moves you have made. So, here is a list of common job search mistakes that you should definitely avoid making:

Not disclosing that you are looking out for a job: If no one knows you are looking out for a new job, what is the point? May be you are just extending your job search process. Talking with your family, friends and acquaintances is one of the best ways to identify new professional contacts and learn about job openings, even those that aren’t advertised. Also there are several professional networking websites available today that can land you a good job. Remember, the larger your network, the more job openings you will hear about.

Sending your resume everywhere and flooding the market with an untargeted resume: Online job sites have definitely made it easy for applicants to apply for a position with just a simple click of the mouse. But that doesn’t mean you just blindly go on posting your resume to every company you come across. Your skills and experience need to match with their requirements of the position. So, I suggest you go through their requirements first, do a bit of research on the firm and then if the job profile interests you, apply for the post with your resume.

Not sending a cover letter:

Not including a cover letter with your resume is the biggest mistake one can make. Whether you are applying for a job online or personally visiting the firm, make sure you include a cover letter or you will lose an opportunity to market your skills. A cover letter allows you to explain in detail the specific ways in which your expertise can benefit the firm.

Check for spelling or grammatical mistakes: See to it that there are no spelling or grammatical errors in your resume and cover letter. Let us tell you that it takes just one or two typographical errors for an interviewer to reject a candidate. So, make sure all of your written communications with the interviewer or a potential employer, including e-mails and thank you notes, are error free. To avoid such mistakes, consider asking a colleague who is your best friend at work or your ex-boss with whom you had shared a good rapport to review your job search materials before submitting.

Searching for a job during working hours at office: If you are currently employed and you keep surfing the web for job openings at work, be careful. Doing so can quickly land you in trouble with the present employer. Do not forget that some companies monitor their employees’ web use and, if your boss discovers that you are using work hours to search for a new job, your job is at a risk. Any activity related to your job search, including scheduling interviews and completing application materials, should be completed after work or from home if you have a Personal Computer that is PC at your home.

Not communicating to follow up with hiring managers: If you have applied for a job and have not heard back, it is foolish to assume that the position has been filled or you are not the right fit for the job. Your resume may simply have gotten lost in the flood of other applications. In this case I suggest you contact the interviewer by e-mail or a phone call within two weeks of submitting a resume.

If the interviewer or the concerned person asks you to give a ring after a week or so please do it. After a week you may know the status of your application or the concerned HR staff member may ask you to send your CV again. Please do it but do not forget to send it with a covering letter. Repeat the process of finding your application status and also the likely date of the interview.

  • vinod james

    very informative

  • Davis Mayaka

    i never knew that your articles are so informative till I started paying attention.

  • Elsie Alwaris

    Thanks for the information

  • harnam


    i am a MBA fresher with marketing+finance specialization. Could anybody tell me HOW TO MAKE making a PROPER COVER LETTER FOR MBA FRESHERS. DO’S AND DONTS… as there is no work experience included.. so what to include?? AND WHILE MAKING A RESUME DECENT LIGHT COLOR STYLES OF MS WORD CAN BE USED TO MAKE IT MORE ATTRACTIVE.. OR IT SHOULD BE BLACK AND WHITE ONLY..??? PLZZ DO REPLY.. ASAP… THNX IN ADVANCE..

  • Chandan Rathaur

    thanks for sharing…

  • Dattabanerjee Indrani

    Good tips

  • Faby_mar

    firstable, I think you should stop using capital letters, protocol says it could be considered as an offence or a demanding situation.  My rgds!

  • harnam

     ohh…I am extremely sorry about that… i didnt mean that… :(

  • pooja

    i would like one more thing…….that if u r already working try to give telephonic interviews first,then go for F2F interviews….