Common Job Searching Mistakes

Do you feel like you keep applying for every job, but you just aren’t getting it? Not only can searching for a job be a long and tedious process, add in a competitive market and it gets even harder. Sometimes a little mistake can make even the most qualified candidates miss job opportunities. Check out these tips to find a job while avoiding these job searching mistakes.

You’re not using “buzz words” in your resume.

As artificial intelligence grows, companies are leaning more and more on technology to help them. It’s becoming more typical that a person isn’t getting the first look at your resume. Often, especially for large companies, you submit your resume into a database and an ATS (applicant tracking system) prescreens for keywords on your resume. Even though you could be highly qualified, if you weren’t using the rights words, your application could be lost in a sea of other applications.

Check out one of numerous articles and blogs have been written on common keywords companies look for.

You’re putting too much information on your resume.

If you’ve been working for 20+ years, you have a lot of job experience and skills built up. When applying for a job, it can be tempting to include everything to show that not only are you well rounded, but you can take on more responsibilities than what is asked of you. What can happen instead is that it becomes overloaded, looks like you are unqualified, or that what you want from the job isn’t what the job is offering.

Cut out information that becomes irrelevant over time. For example, if you’re 40 applying for a job, don’t include the job experience you had in high school. The average time spent looking at a resume is 6 seconds. If you have a three-page resume, there’s no way everything you put on your resume is being seen.

You aren’t matching your skills to the job qualifications.

A resume should mirror the job description. What skills of yours transfer over to the job duties and qualifications that were listed on the description?

Sometimes job duties don’t mirror exactly, and you feel like you should show that were you lack skill you make up in other aspects. Instead, look for common ground. For example, if you were a lower level marketing applying for a marketing manager with no prior management experience, relate management qualities of your previous job. Were you the lead on marketing projects? Were you in charge of organizing events? Etc.

You dressed inappropriately to the job interview.

What your wearing is the first thing a hiring manager will notice when walking into an interview. You don’t want to give off the wrong impression in a matter of seconds. You don’t want to be too casual, , too bold, or overdressed.

Trying to figure out what to wear to a job interview can be tricky. Research the company beforehand to get a feel for the environment and the dress code. For more tips on what to wear check out our other blogs “Dress to Impress- Industry Specific” (what to wear based on the type of job) and “Dressing for an Interview” (what colors are appropriate to wear).

You didn’t follow up after the interview.

Following up after a job interview can keep you fresh in the mind of the interviewer. Writing a thank you email or letter can give you the competitive edge over other applicants. Furthermore, it shows how much you want the job. It isn’t just any job; it is the job.

If you’re having problems with your resume, reach out to a staffing agency for your resume writing needs. Furthermore, check and see if said staffing agency has any job position available in your field. Staffing agencies have a direct line to hiring managers and can increase.