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Job seekers, as you pound the pavements looking for jobs and as you send out countless number of job search emails, there may be a number things that you are doing to sabotage your job search. See the 8 ways not to get the job you want as compiled by Richard Lowe.


I saw this post on MSN this morning and I thought I should share it with you all. It captures the things not to do when you want a job. Please enjoy reading it. Well, not only that, make sure you don’t do the things highlighted there if you want to secure a job.


Everybody knows how to get the job they want, don’t they? It seems easy, in fact so easy that few people bother to prepare for getting the job they want. Perhaps it would be more interesting to describe how not to get the job you want.

So here are eight steps that will ensure you do not get the job you want.

Step 1: Getting a job, how can you affect your chances?
There is no need to spend much time on it then, no need to train yourself to handle interviews. Just show up and hope, what else can you do, after all “It’ll be alright on the night” won’t it? The best way is to single out the one job you want and hope you will get it, easy isn’t it?

Step 2: Don’t try to personalise your CV to highlight aspects of your skills that suit the job you will be interviewed for.
Just leave it in the same old format for every single job.  Try and include a few spelling mistakes, out of date email addresses or phone numbers and gaps in your working experience.  Don’t waste time by asking a friend to check yourCV for accuracy and “readability”!

Step 3: No need to add a cover letter with your CV.
It’s a waste of time, detail, who reads it anyway? Why bother describing your key skills or working experiences that fit this job in a covering letter.  They can read your CV and – eventually – discover for themselves what a perfect fit you are for their job.  People who interview must have lots of free time to read CVs of applicants. It’s not like they have any other work to do, is it?  Anyway if they aren’t sure about your CV well they are going to phone you up and check anyway so no worries here.

Step 4: After you have sent in your CV just sit back and wait for the organisation to contact you.
Don’t bother calling them to make sure they received your application safely – of course they got it, didn’t they?  Emails never go missing or ever sit in someone’s inbox overlooked, do they?  Anyway even if it did get lost they will let you know so that you can resend it. No point in phoning up to confirm your interest in the job and ask for an interview?

Step 5: Interview preparation, what is that anyway?
If you have been asked to come for an interview, just turn up, ask what the hours are, when you get holidays and what the pay is. Even if you could guess at what kind of questions you may be asked and prepare some answers to avoid the stress of having to think of them during the interview, you may as well just leave it to the interview. Why find out, or think about, the top three requirements that will decide who will get the job, how could that help you to prepare for the interview?
Don’t bother to find out about the employer or the interview process or the people who will interview you, if they are expanding or have new projects that have created this vacancy.
How could it help you to phone up and ask who will interview you and what they will be interested in about you and yourexperience? What possible benefit is there in finding out if there is just one interview or several with different people?

Step 6: The interview itself is easy
In fact the night before you can even go out, have a few drinks and stay out late. Try to arrive at the interview on time or slightly late, no need to get there early. Traffic will be fine, trains always run on time and if you get lost or delayed they will understand and delay all the other interviews to wait for you. Rushing in looking stressed and hassling the person on reception to quickly sign you in is always a great sign of a highly capable future employee.
Don’t take a copy of your CV or application form with you the interviewer will always have a copy, they never get mislaid and anyway you don’t need a copy of your CV use in the interview to describe your working experience and skills – you can remember it all – can’t you?  You also won’t need a pen and notepad to write down key points.
During the interview no need to ask what key skills and experience are required or trying to explain how your own capabilities match the job’s requirements.
At the end of the interview don’t ask for feedback, or if there are any areas that need more explanation. Don’t ask when you will hear about the next step or results, just get out quickly and be ready to wait for days without knowing what is happening.

Step 7: After interviews don’t bother to send a thank you note confirming your interest in the job
If an organisation wants to hire you they will call you anyway, won’t they? There’s no need to plan your time out using a schedule and diary system, you can just keep it in your head and remember everything you have to do and when to do it, can’t you?  It’s just a few phone calls and the occasional email, and if you forget to send the email it’s not that important.

Step 8: There’s no need to apply for more than one job
Why bother to get active with several applications, it’s just more work, isn’t it?  You only need one interview to go well to get the job you want. Applying for more than one job is just creating unnecessary activity.


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