We understand that job hunting takes major effort. It takes research, introspection, and not to mention all the applications and cover letters.
Here are some common job-hunting mistakes people make and how you can avoid them, so your efforts aren’t wasted.
Lacking a cover letter
Your cover letter is the first impression you’ll give potential employers. You should know by now how crucial it is to nail that first impression, so don’t skip out on the cover letter!
It’s an important introduction to your resume, and your chance to set yourself apart from other applicants by presenting your intentions, qualifications, and demonstrate how serious you are about your interest in the company.
Don’t know where to start with your cover letter? We’ve got you covered with an easy-to-follow how to.
Sending out generic resumes
Generic resumes show a lack of effort. If you’re applying for an office administration role, you probably should leave out your bartending experience because it doesn’t translate to the day-to-day tasks of an office administrator.
Customise your resumes for the positions you are applying for and highlight the experience and skills that are related to that position.
Your resume is prime real estate place. Don’t clutter it with unnecessary details. Leave your LinkedIn address on your resume so they can find extra information about your professional history.
Not cleaning up your social media profiles
Hiring managers and recruiters will Google you. Make sure your social media presence is appropriate. Get rid of any inappropriate images you wouldn’t want your parents to see.
Double check your social media privacy settings— better yet, delete those bad photos and videos!
Lying on your resume
While you might think exaggerating your accomplishments and credentials might help you get your foot in the door, it’s not a good idea to lie to potential employers.
For one, it will be one awkward moment if you get caught in your lie. And no good relationship starts out with a lie.
Not doing your homework on the company
Do your homework and spend time looking at the company. People find it flattering when you do research into what they do.
If you find something interesting in your research, it will make a great topic point in the interview. You might be able to offer a new perspective through your conversation.
Conducting thorough research will show the interviewer know that you’re ready to be integrated into the company.
Connect with one of our recruitment specialists for a 45-minute consultation on resume formatting and interview prep.