4 common mistakes made by job seekers

30 May, 2018

There are many obstacles facing job seekers today. For talented job hopefuls, it can be a bit bleak out there. On top of the less-than-ideal recruiting system, seekers are forced to wade through vague, obscure job ads, tedious application processes, and wait for responses that may never come.

Unfortunately, there are thousands of other talented job seekers out there who are vying for the same positions you are. Your task is to make yourself stand out from the competition and ace that interview—and chances are, you already know the right moves to make. However, there could be a few things that are thwarting your odds of landing the job you want.

Here are four mistakes that 90% or more of job seekers make:

  1. They don’t know their value to employers.

Become familiar with your skills and your strengths. Know what you can bring to the table and stand behind it. Research average salaries in your area for the position you’re applying for, and don’t undervalue yourself in the interview or subsequent negotiations.

  1. They don’t consult their network.

The phrase “it’s all about who you know” is well known for a reason! Networking can connect you with individuals who can offer vital advice when you need it, connect you to potential jobs, and lead to many other opportunities.

  1. They neglect to customize their resume for different jobs.

Each job situation is unique, and so should your resume be. Tailor your resume to the specific job you’re applying for, highlighting the key components of your background and skill set for that particular role.

  1. They don’t research employers before job interviews.

This is one of the most important elements of any job search. Research. Your. Employer. You should know the ins and outs of their company structure, projects, and team members—even Bob from accounting. Prepare for the role you want, and you can impress interviewers with how well you would fit into the company.



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