Avoid These Mistakes When Applying for Jobs
When applying for a job, there are a lot of things you should do, but there are also a lot of things you shouldn’t do. That’s because certain acts and behaviors can seriously impede your job search and should be avoided.
Here’s what not to do when applying for a job, from oversharing details about your job search to making a typo in a cover letter.
1.Submit a Job Application, Resume, or Cover Letter with Typos
Even if it’s only a quick email, LinkedIn message, or Facebook message to a networking contact, double-check your resume, cover letter, and every email you send for grammar and spelling. If you submit a job application with a typo, you may be eliminated from consideration. This entails using whole sentences and double-checking spelling and grammar. Always, always, always double-check the spelling of firm and contact names Because those errors are more noticeable.
2.Don’t Know Your Employment History
Employers expect you to know your employment history when applying for jobs, whether online or in-person, including dates of employment, job titles, and firm information for each job you’ve held. What can you do if you can’t recall your specific employment dates? When you don’t have all the details, here’s how to put together your personal career history.
3.Tell Everyone You’re Job Searching
If you’re unemployed, it’s a good idea to notify everyone you know that you’re looking for work. If you have a job and want to keep it, be cautious about who you tell that you’re looking for work with. Make sure you’re using technologies to keep your job hunt private as well. You don’t want your boss to find out you’re seeking, as this could threaten your current position.
4.Take Advantage of Your Connections
Using your connections to assist you to get work is OK. However, it is not proper to try to get hired without going through the hiring procedure. Make the most of your relationships and make sure they’re advocating for you in a professional manner.
Wearing jeans or shorts, tank tops, crop tops, or anything with cleavage (cleavage is not a good thing when job hunting) or that is too short is not a good idea. Make sure you’re not exposing too much skin, such as your belly button. Wearing spike heels, platforms, flip flops, or your favorite ratty pair of shoes isn’t a good idea. It is always necessary to project a positive image to the employer by being nice, tidy, and well-groomed. This is what you should dress when applying for a job.
6.Forget Your Resume
Bringing extra copies of your CV while applying for jobs and interviewing in person is a good idea. If you’re interviewing for an academic-related position, you should also bring your transcript.
7.Keep Your Phone On
Filling out a job application or attending an interview is not the time to text. It creates a very distracting situation and looks poorly on you if your phone is continually blaring or ringing. As a result, set your phone to quiet and conceal it in your purse or pocket as soon as possible.
8.Bring Food or Drink
Because eating or drinking during your interview isn’t professional, plan ahead and grab a coffee or other beverage or food either before or after your interview. Before your interview, finish (or toss out) your coffee or meal. Also, if you want to keep your breath fresh throughout the interview, spit out your gum or complete your mint before entering the building.
Make an effort to greet your interviewer politely, and be active and involved during the interview process, no matter how stressful your job hunt may be. Even if you don’t feel like it, be outgoing and upbeat.
10. Don’t Be Upfront About When You’re Available
Tell your prospective employer when you’ll be available to work. Don’t hedge during the interview if you can’t work evening shifts, for example. You don’t want to overwork yourself or commit to a timetable that won’t work out, which would be inconvenient for both you and your company.