10 Common Job Search Mistakes You Need To Avoid

A job search can last for months, followed by disappointment, anger, and skepticism regarding all offers on the market. The reason, however, is not in a broken system – it often lies in the lack of understanding of the nuances of the job searching process. There are some common mistakes candidates should avoid.

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#1. Doubts and fears

This is a common problem among young people, who are concerned about rejections, don’t know how to behave during interviews, and try to disengage from any awkward situations. It doesn’t help: you create a psychological barrier while you should be confident and programmed for success.

#2. An ill-defined goal

If there is a “Career goal” row in an application or a recruiter asks about it, answers like “I look for an interesting job with fast career growth” or “My goal is to find a well-paid job” don’t explain why you apply for this job exactly. It looks more like you have no idea what you want.

#3. Small search circle

Job seekers often rely on their friends and acquaintances. Some place their CVs on specialized websites or check job ads on classifieds. Only a few seek help from recruiting agencies. It is important to use all available channels, be first to contact recruiters and devote at least an hour daily for this.

#4. Poorly written or ineffective CV

Your CV should impress a recruiter and interviewer. There are enough templates on the web available for free, as well as effective recommendations on resume writing. Make sure you submit a document that both looks nice and is informative. Make it stand out from the rest.

#5. One CV for all job positions

Even if you send a CV applying for identical job positions, the requirements differ from company to company. Every employer emphasizes what skills and experiences are important for a particular company. When you adapt your CV and edit it a bit every time, you increase chances to get the desired job.

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#6. No application letter

The majority considers writing an application letter just a waste of time, while it is quite important. An application letter is your first opportunity to attract employer’s attention telling about your experience and motivation. Stay laconic and honest, that’s the main rule.

#7. Passive attitude to the search

If you place a CV on the web and wait till someone calls and offers a perfect job, you must be very lucky if it really works out. Even if you have the relevant experience and the amazing CV, expect some calls during the first two or three weeks. Then comes the silence as more new CVs are published.

#8. Soaring ambitions, inflated expectations

Recruiters almost certainly will ask you about the preferred salary. There is no reason to be too modest, although it is significant to be reasonable. Everyone wants to earn a lot of money but be realistic about how much your expertise costs and this company is ready to offer. Don’t overestimate your experience.

#9. A casual attitude to an interview

An interview doesn’t guarantee that you will be hired. Nevertheless, it means that a recruiter found your CV interesting and you have good chances to make it to the end. You should feel confident and relaxed, but there is a list of things to avoid:

  • being late;
  • casual or sports clothes;
  • mistakes and cluttering;
  • disregard of questions and test;
  • “don’t care” attitude when communicating with an HR manager.

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#10. The lack of enthusiasm

If you are not ready to get interested in an offered job and demonstrate your enthusiasm, you are not ready for this job. Besides your skills and experience, a recruiter needs to see the motivation and readiness to the long-term commitment. Show that you are ready to invest in a company’s success.

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