The 3 Most Common Job Searching Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

Social Media

In this modern age, social media is a very powerful tool. One that can build empires of success or destroy whole organizations into rubbles. Before starting any form of job search or interviews, have a look at your social media and browse through thoroughly. There might be one or two photos or videos that might not be pleasant or appropriate if a potential employer were to stumble upon.

A recent study by the Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM) shows that around 84% of employers recruit through social media and 43% screen through candidates on search engines and social networks. An alarming 36% of companies have disqualified candidates due to this factor alone!

Thus, while social media is an important platform for employers to find you, contents inside can either make or break your chance at excelling in a new career. Be mindful of what you upload and use it to the fullest potential.

Just imagine a potential interviewer looking through photos of you volunteering in an old folk’s home with your workmates versus a night out partying half-conscious with strangers frowning at you.

Yes. Imagine that.

Resume

A good resume can drive you far in the search for the next career advancement path. A bad one? Not so much.

While a generalized formatted resume is easier to produce and less time consuming, the lack of effort and personal touch might hurt the chances of landing the gig badly. If the reviewer makes a comparison between 2 or more resumes, the ones that stand out usually are the ones that are directed right at that particular company. From explaining why he or she fits the bill on the position applied for to what benefits they can bring in to upgrade and enhance the potential company.

Too much information, both irrelevant and even the relevant ones, might also implicate your chances of your resume being considered. A lengthy 3 to 4 page resumes usually don’t even get browsed through and might just end up in the recycle bin. A short and relevant one will get a higher chance to be read and followed up with an interview.

Get more insights and tips on what is vital in crafting a better resume here.

Bad Interview Etiquettes

The day is finally here, interview day. The next step in your journey of success. Unfortunately, you woke up late because the alarm clock didn’t go off and you couldn’t make time to iron the clothes you need to wear on that day. Worst still, your hair is in a mess and shower wasn’t an option as time is of the essence.

Just imagine the first impression you will be giving to your potential employer when you arrive for the interview. Dressing shabbily is not a good way to portray yourself more so during an interview. Your clothing doesn’t have to be expensive or luxurious. Clean and presentable is the optimal way to present yourself.

Another common mistake is not being prepared for the interview itself. Be it underprepared or talking too much, these are some ways that can quickly but surely extinguish any chances of impressing the interviewers.

Take time and research on the role and company you will be applying for to be better prepared. Answer only when needed and sit confidently. These little things do wonders when going for an interview. Even if you don’t get the job, your fine etiquette and strong conviction will leave a lasting impression that might lead to future opportunities.