From competing with more experienced job seekers to a single typographical error on your CV, from incriminating or dodgy Facebook photos to less than damaging 140 characters tweet, the way to that dream job is paved with mines more than ever. As a job seeker, it is vital that you know how to navigate the job search minefield.
Regardless of how skilled or experienced you are, a few easy mistakes can get in the way of a great job opportunity. Hiring managers will question your professionalism should you commit any of this costly faux pas.
In order for you to know and avoid these mistakes, we have put together a list of 10 things that you may be doing to sabotage your job search:
10 Ways of sabotaging your job search
1. Littering the internet with discriminatory profanities, curses and derogatory comments.
2. Your drunken or drug-taking spree photos on your Facebook or Instagram pages
3. Chillaxing (Chilling and Relaxing) when you should be on online on job sites looking for a job
4. Sending out the same CV for different job openings without tweaking it to target each job
5. Not telling anyone that you are looking for a job
6. Failing to proofread your CV or Cover Letter
7. Not doing your research before attending job interviews
8. Bad-mouthing your former employer and boss
9. Can’t quantify or demonstrate your accomplishments
10. Failure to network
See more ways of sabotaging your job search in the presentation embedded below.
“If no one knows you’re looking for a new job, you may inadvertently be extending the length of your search. Talking with your family, friends and acquaintances is one of the best ways to identify new professional contacts and learn about job openings, even those that aren’t advertised. Remember that the larger your network, the more job openings you will hear about.” – Phil Sheridan
The only tried and true job search tactics is to demonstrate attention to detail, plan, prepare and practice for job interviews. Follow these up by networking like there’s no tomorrow. Then, master your skills as they are your prime selling points, back them up with pertinent experience and a genuine enthusiasm for work. Above all, remember that it’s who you know more than what you know. Let family and friends know that you are looking for work.
Explore all of the above-mentioned points on reasons why you could be sabotaging your job search so as not to commit any of the faux pas. Not doing any of the things will put you on your way to landing that next job of yours.
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