Written by Chelsea Leser
Job seeking can be a stressful process. Between submitting applications and the first day in a new role is a slew of résumés, interviews, networking, and more. With all of the tips and advice on how to present yourself best as a candidate, we’d like to share some common mistakes job seekers make, and what to do instead.
- Waiting too long to apply for a job
Many job seekers don’t apply to a job posting right away. Be aware that waiting can allow other candidates to get an interview or offer before you’ve submitted your application. You then need to be an even stronger candidate to sway the hiring managers from someone they’ve already met and like.
Instead, apply as soon as you can. Focus on highlighting your skills, experience, and interest through the application.
- Noting “see résumé” on a job application
So much care and effort is put into résumés that sometimes job seekers direct hiring managers to their résumé rather than fully completing an application. However, hiring managers need to compare candidates easily, and they know exactly where key pieces of info can be found on the application. Seeing a note to “see résumé” or “N/A” is a signal the candidate didn’t take the time to accurately complete the application, and may cut corners in the position.
Instead, complete applications fully, even if you’re not able to fill out as many. This will increase your chances of being noticed and show the hiring managers that you took their application seriously.
- Getting too creative
Some job seekers get very creative with their résumé, to the point where it’s difficult to understand or follow. Other job seekers send in a headshot along with their résumé while others send gifts to a hiring manager. All job seekers want to be noticed, but these tactics will make a job seeker stand out for the wrong reasons.
Instead, show the hiring managers you would represent their company well to customers and the community. Proofread your emails to the hiring managers, be confident during interviews, and follow up with a thank you after an interview to showcase yourself as an outstanding candidate.
- Exaggerating experience and skills
Another way job seekers try to stand out is by making their experience and skills seem like the best fit for the position, even if it’s not entirely truthful. What’s the harm in stretching the truth a bit?
Instead, focus on applying to positions that match your skills and experience well to show you’re the best candidate for the position. Be honest about your experiences and skills, because dishonesty reflects poorly on you, not just for the position at hand, but for all future opportunities with the company.
Often, job seekers don’t know how to prepare for an interview, don’t have time to prepare for an interview, or prepare in ineffective ways.
Instead, research the company beforehand by doing a Google search, checking out their website, and looking on social media. Always prepare 3-5 questions about the position, company, or industry you can ask during the interview. Write these questions down on paper that has additional room for your own notes, and bring a pen in case the interviewers say something you’d like to reference later. Make sure to arrive 10-15 minutes early (no earlier!) and wear business appropriate clothing free of wrinkles or stains It is best to leave your cell phone in the car, and always throw your gum out before the interview.
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