10 Mistakes to Avoid When Applying For Jobs
At the time some would-be employer advertizes for a job and asks for people with experience to apply for it, it doesn't mean that they are not willing to look at people who have no experience. It so happens that lots of job ads are going out to the labor market in general. There those with experience are at times merely people who have experience when it comes to sending in job applications. This means that a lot of times the companies in question are actually hoping to get applicants who are young and inexperienced, but are willing to take a chance and apply anyway.
It may be that the job situation is on the mend, so you are more than likely to find a job, provided that you are brave enough to test the waters. The important thing is not to make some of the most common mistakes that could jeopardize your chances. It's all in the small details, so you need to pay attention to those. Here is a list of the 10 most common mistakes you should clearly avoid:
- Time: Being late for an interview is a no-no. Should there be a reason for a delay, give the employer a call and explain yourself. It's a good idea to be at least 10 minutes early, as a rule.
- Research: It is very important to do this prior to an interview; it's a mistake not to know more about the company you wish to work for. If you know a few things about the company, you are likely to find out some things that will help when you are being interviewed. Also, doing research on the company in advance is likely to tell you what sorts of people they hire. And last but not least, your research will tell you a few things about the company: their style and ethics.
- Don't forget to write a post-interview thank-you: Writing a thank-you letter is neither an indication that you are desperate, nor a sign of weakness on your part. As the interviewee, you are actually in the position of a guest at the company. A thank-you note simply shows that you have appreciated this opportunity, but it will also give you a chance to reemphasize your good points in writing. So if you don't send such a thank-you note, you are depriving yourself of an opportunity as well as showing a lack of professionalism.
- Communication: This is really a crucial point, one that job seekers don't always think about carefully enough. Would-be employers are not happy with applicants who don't show professionalism and can't communicate well enough. Since employers are in search of problem-solvers, good communication skills can be indicative of that sort of thing.
- Salary and Benefits: It's not a good idea to bring these up prior to landing the job. If you mention such things before the right time, it may make you look more interested in money alone than job satisfaction and the opportunity to find a suitable career. So let the person conducting the interview broach these subjects.
- The Interview: It is while you are being interviewed that you should put your best foot forward. This is the time to show what you are made of. Learn some of the best techniques for an interview: turn off your cell phone, and don't offer more personal information than it would be seemly. Above all, don' malign some previous employer.
- Avoid Dishonesty: Don't lie for the sake of landing a job. You want to be hired for who and what you are; lies are usually caught up with in due course anyway.
- Dress Appropriately: This is another issue where research will come in handy: dress in the way in which the company's current employees dress. This will make you look like you'll fit right in. If you take this serious, the interview can focus on your abilities rather than be distracted by the way you look.
- Spelling Errors, Typos and Bad Grammar don't belong on your Resume: Spell checks don't really catch all errors; they don't discriminate between say "manger" and "manager". Errors can make sentences to be out of context. Make sure that the words there are the ones that are meant to be there.
- A Very Long Resume: Time is of the essence; don't expect your future employer to have all the time in the world to read a long resume. You need to be as succinct as possible when it comes to listing your real qualifications for a position. Do mention all that applies, but don't belabor your points.
Applying online may be a great temptation, but don't assume that this kind of short cut is the best way to go. Hoping to land a job is nice, but think of your search for a job as a job itself. It is important to go for jobs that really are appropriate for you, on account of your background and your level of education. The human connection is of crucial importance here as well. Sometimes a mere Internet connection may not be enough.
If you are not really qualified for a certain job, use good judgment when applying for it anyway. In some cases this is a no-no: you can't become a doctor or a teacher just because you want to be one; you need the adequate degrees and preparations for such positions. But if the job is a managerial one, and you think you might be good at it, apply for it, especially if you are on your way to, say, a degree in business but you haven't earned it yet. Again, use common sense here.