How to Avoid the 10 Top Job Search Mistakes

With great jobs come great competition. Even one small mistake could make the difference in favour of your competitor. We’re here to help you to avoid any unnecessary setbacks at each stage of your job search process. Here are ten mistakes that you should avoid.

How to Avoid the 10 Top Job Search Mistakes at Each Stage of Job Search Process

Prior the Job Application Stage

Not building your network

People do business with people they like, and often hire them too. This is why building your network is possibly the most effective way to advance your career. Start by expanding your circle – attend networking events, play sports, or ask your existing connections for referrals. Take it one step further by investing in your network – invite them for events, share important news, and make time to meet them personally. Building your network is essential for any successful job search and will help you not only to get referrals but also further information, advice and support.

Not knowing your value

It’s important to know your market value to ensure you don’t get the short end of the stick. Moreover, possessing the knowledge of the ever-fluctuating economic trends and the dynamic Asian Market showcases that you’re up-to-date which adds value to your application. Companies like Payscale and Glassdoor provide a gauge of what you should be paid. ExecBoardinAsia also provides a highly detailed personalised salary evaluation service.

During the Job Application Stage

Not polishing your Resume

Your CV will form your potential employers’ first impression of you, and it can often determine whether you’ll even be interviewed. Therefore, it is important to invest time on keeping your CV current and optimized for your application. If you are not sure where to begin, fret not. ExecBoardinAsia provides CV writing services to help you create an effective resume that is aligned with your career objectives in Asia.

Not being prepared

Research, research, research! Being well informed about the organisation, role, and interviewer shows that you invested time and effort in finding out more about them, and have a genuine interest in working in their company. Your research will help you discover potential discussion topics and opportunities to stand out.

Not rehearsing for your interview

It’s not unusual to be nervous during interviews. You’re promoting yourself to a panel of judges who will decide whether you’ll be hired! But there is no excuse to let this get into your way.
“Am I talking too much?”
“Could I show my expertise?”
“What if they reject me?”
When these concerns are on your mind, it can feel like there is little or no room to think outside the box. A great way to overcome this feeling is to rehearse or sign up for our interview preparation coaching. Don’t let your nerves prevent you from securing your dream job.

During the Job Interview Stage

Not coming prepared

Forgetting to bring simple items such as copies of your CV or a notebook can have a negative impact on your first impression. In case you fear that you might fail to bring them, keep these items in your bag the night before your interview. Then you can get that all-important good-night-sleep with a peace of mind.

Not getting the dress-code right

As the saying goes, you are what you wear. Dressing inappropriately simply shows unprofessionalism. Before your interview, use as a guide what people in your line of work and industry wear. Professional attire shows that you invested time and thoughts into how you present yourself and how important this job opportunity is for you.

Trashing your previous workplace

Just don’t do it. Speaking negatively about your job, colleagues or boss presents you in a bad light. Instead of criticizing your previous workplace, learn from the experience and communicate clearly what you’re looking for in your new role.

Not taking notes during the interview

Show that you are interested and value what is being shared with you by writing it down. Your notes will come in handy at the next stage of the interview process. For instance, you can easily refer back by saying “during my previous interview, I learned that…”. This helps to present yourself as attentive and engaged.  

Post the Job Interview Stage

Forgetting to follow up

Sometimes, your possible future employer has a hard time deciding between you and another candidate. What can you do to have an edge over candidates? – Try sending a simple thank you email, reaffirming your interest. Surprisingly few candidates practice this and it might be enough to tilt the scales in your favour.

Here’s to Your Future Interview Success!

Congratulations! You’ve avoided 10 common jobsearch mistakes! Ready to find your next opportunity? Dive into a pool of 12,000+ top executive positions in Asia at ExecBoardinAsia.

Your Career Management Experts,
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