The biggest mistakes people make when job hunting

With an ongoing unemployment rate of 6.7 percent, it’s easy to see that you are hardly alone when job hunting. For every job you see, approximately 250 other applicants are vying for the same position. 

Employers don’t have the capacity to review every resume or answer every inquiry that comes through. This means you must avoid the biggest mistakes people make when job hunting if you want to stand out.

Not tailoring your resume to the job you want

If your resume looks like you’re just throwing darts at a wall hoping something sticks, it won’t. Employers look for focused resumes. By ‘focused,’ we mean it’s obvious the job role you’re after and the skills you have.

If your resume shows a job history all over the place and haphazard skills, it will likely get passed over for other resumes at first glance. Take the time to tailor your resume, and you’ll be the one at the top of the pile.

Not creating an online presence

This can go two ways. You need an online presence, but it needs to be a GOOD one. If an employer Googles your name, what will they find? If it’s inappropriate pictures of you, your resume will get tossed faster than you can say resume.

If they find nothing, though, that’s not good either. Build up a professional online presence on LinkedIn at the least. If you’ve been mentioned in any online publications or articles previously, that helps too. Anything that gives credit to your professionalism and abilities pushes you further.

Not preparing for the interview

Applicants should know everything possible about a company before they head to an interview in today’s day and age. 

Look up facts about the company, be ready to answer questions about why you want to work for the company using real data and use statistics from the industry to show that you’ve done your research and know how you can help the company with their pain points.

Take time to practice for a specific interview by researching the industry, knowing the salary ranges of other companies, and what’s expected of the position. The more you know, the more confident you’ll interview.

Not networking

Stop wasting time redoing your resume or rewording it every time you find a new job. It’s obvious to employers when you have a template that you just reword for every job. Today it’s more about who you know than what you know, so stop playing yourself up on paper and instead focus on the connections you can make.

When you build contacts and a viable network, you’re much more likely to get an interview and be able to talk yourself into a job. There’s a big difference in what you show on paper versus what you show in real life. On paper, you may not seem like a good candidate, but once you’re in front of the employer, it could be a whole different story.

Not following up

Remember, for every application you send in, so are 250 other people. Most employers only interview a handful of those 250 people, but you’re competing against other people, whether it’s 2 or 20 – you have to stand out.

Even if you have a ‘bad’ interview in your eyes, always follow up. Thank the interviewer for their time, and let them know you’re available for any further questions or comments. Sending an email takes two minutes of your time, but it puts you at the forefront of the employer’s mind, which may make the difference between passing you over and calling you in for another interview.

Avoid the top mistakes to land yourself a new job

If a new job is on your list of ‘to-dos’ in 2021, you must avoid the top mistakes. As the pandemic continues, it’s unlikely that the number of applicants will decrease anytime soon. Stay on your ‘A’ game and find ways to continually stand out so that you are the chosen applicant among the 250 others trying to do the same.