Mistakes to avoid during a job search

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, we 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 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 you had good relations with 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 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 PC at your place.

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 the position has been filled or you are not right fit for the job. Your resume may simply have gotten lost in the flood of other applications. In this case we suggest you contact the interviewer by e-mail or a phone call within two weeks of submitting a resume.

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