Whether you’re unemployed and looking for a new job, or you’re just ready to change companies, a job search can be a lot of work. If you’re not getting interviews, or the interviews you do get don’t translate into offers you might be worried that you’ll never land a good job. While there are many reasons a job search will have struggles, one of them is that people today are not putting in the work required to get the jobs they want. The following are five of the biggest mistakes people make on a job search that can make, many of which are simple to correct with a little work.
1. Using the Internet Exclusively to Find Jobs – With dozens of different websites dedicated to finding and applying for jobs it is no surprise that this is where most people turn first when they are on the hunt for employment. While this is absolutely a great place to start, it should not be the only resource you use. Unfortunately, almost everyone uses these web pages so there is lots of competition
2. Generic Cover Letters & Resumes – While it is simple to send out hundreds of resumes online, there is a big downside to this. Your resume and cover letter should be tailored specifically to the job you’re applying for. Including, for example, accomplishments that would translate perfectly to the job you’re applying for will get you much more attention.
3. Post-Interview Follow Up – When you do get an interview you need to remember that this is just the first step. You should always send a quick thank you note to the people who interviewed you. This will not only help ensure you appear professional, but it will be another opportunity for you to put your name in front of them. The thank you note can be something short and sweet thanking them for their time and offering them your contact information in case they have any additional questions.
4. Networking – Today more than ever it is critical to work with other people when looking for a job. Reaching out to friends, family, co-workers and even just ‘Facebook friends’ asking if they are aware of any job openings at their places of employment can be a great opportunity. Most people love helping others, and they know if they can help you today, you may be able to help them down the road.
5. Preparing for an Interview – When you finally get the call for an interview, make sure you immediately start doing your homework. You should go into every interview with as much knowledge as possible about the company and the position you’re interviewing for. Asking intelligent questions and being ready for their questions will help you appear qualified, eager and confident.