No matter where you are in the job search process, mistakes are bound to happen. It is a stressful time where you are entering new and unfamiliar territory. Despite the likelihood to make mistakes, most can be avoided or corrected by focusing on what you are doing. This entry looks at three of the most common areas where mistakes happen: when following directions, proofreading documents and matching one’s qualifications with the job. By knowing what these mistakes are and learning ways to avoid them, you can get yourself past the initial round of cuts and in position to land the job.
It goes without saying (but I’ll say it anyway) that you should be doing everything in your power to get the job you want. However, many of the actions taken by applicants don’t back that up. Applicants may not follow directions such as providing previous work information or using the correct contact method. You all but eliminate yourself before it even begins when you fail to follow directions.
If the application says to provide your most recent and relevant experience, don’t provide details about a previous job from ten years ago that has nothing to do with the job you are currently applying for. Also, if you are asked to submit your resume and cover letter via email, you should do so. You shouldn’t call their office to tell them you’re interested or only provide your resume when they ask for a cover letter as well. By simply following the instructions of the application, you show an understanding and capability of following through. You also open the door to future correspondence whether that is a follow-up phone call or interview.
Almost every single mistake can be corrected by taking the time to proofread. When you don’t put full focus into your efforts, you run into errors in spelling, grammar or general sentence structure. If you are filling out multiple applications, it is crucial that you are taking your time on each one. Make sure everything in writing makes sense. If possible, have someone else look over your application before submitting or if you have the time, come back after a short break and re-read what you wrote. You might be able to pick up errors when you have a fresh mindset.
One of the most common mistakes that hiring managers and recruiters bring up is the disconnect between the information an applicant provides and how it relates to the job itself. It is crucial to make sure that your skills and qualifications are in line with the job you are applying for. You should provide information that shows how well you will be able to do the prospective job. That means creating a customized resume and cover letter for each job. By doing this, you show the employer that you took your time and comprehend the basic duties and responsibilities of the job.
Understand where many applicants may go wrong and adjust. Separate yourself from the rest. By giving prospective employers the right information in the right way, you put yourself in the best position to get the job. Allow your qualifications to speak for you instead of your mistakes.
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