I have seen many people make these common mistakes when looking for a job. Finding a job takes time, energy and dedication. There are no shortcuts. Your ability to find a job quickly will be dramatically improved if you avoid these mistakes.
1. Not networking
If you are looking for a new job, you need to let your family, friends, acquaintances and colleagues know about it. Most jobs are not posted on job boards. I have found many of my best jobs through networking.
You should be constantly networking with other people. Try to keep in touch with your network often by reaching out to them once in a while whether you need a job or not. It is important to keep in touch so that the relationship does not get cold. Always offer to help others in their job search as well. Networking is a two-way street. You should try to give as much as you ask for help. This way the relationship is a mutual one.
2. Poor resume
Having a poorly written resume is a turn-off for many hiring managers. When I see a resume that is not professional and polished, I immediately skip it. I will skip a resume from someone who can’t even take the time to spell-check or check for grammar errors. If they are this sloppy with their resume, I think they will behave the same way towards their job.
3. Not prepared for an interview
I can tell how much a person has prepared for an interview. The minute a candidate opens his/her mouth, I have a good sense to the level of preparation they put into this interview.
If you want to impress a hiring manager, you need to come prepared. You need to look and sound the part of the person who can fill that job vacancy. I want to be sure that you can do the job and you will be a good fit for the team.
I am always shocked by the lack of knowledge a candidate has about my company. All the information they will need about my company can be obtained with a simple Google search. But most fail to even do that.
The bottom line is never go into an interview without researching the company, the job that you are applying for, and a list of questions you want to ask.