If you are currently looking for a job, it is important that you approach it with the right attitude. A lot of people struggle to get the job that they want because they are making mistakes without realising it. In this guide, we are going to take a look at some of the most common mistakes made by people when job hunting. We hope that this will help you to get a better understanding of what you should and should not do in order to secure the job of your dreams.
Lack of focus.
One of the biggest mistakes that people make when it comes to their job hunt is a lack of focus. There are many different ways that a lack of focus could manifest itself. This could mean that you are applying for each and every job you can find that remotely peaks your interests. However, if you do this, you are going to find yourself wasting time applying for jobs that are not right for you or you are not suitable for. People also have a lack of focus when it comes to putting their CV together. Your CV needs to tell the hiring manager exactly why you are qualified for the position that has been offered. This means that you should not include experience and skills that are not relevant to the job in question. There is no point in taking up half of your CV explaining how you were a great chef at a restaurant if you are now applying for a job in data security.
Unprofessional email address.
We all remember those email addresses that we had when we were 15. If you still have this email address, it is definitely time to ditch it for something more professional. Your email address should be your full name or your last name with a combination of numbers. It should not include nicknames or adjectives.
Not using your network.
One error a lot of people make when it comes to applying for jobs is failing to use their network to their advantage. Part of knowing what businesses could be hiring, and which companies would actually want you to work for them and vice versa, is talking with individuals that already have first-hand experience. This is why it's a good idea to talk to any family members or friends that work and similar Industries. You should also speak to any professional connections that you have made along the way in your career. If you don't know anybody in your current field, it is worth attending some networking events so that you can shake a few hands and get to know some people. You never know where a connection could lead you.
Only applying to job postings.
There is a good analogy that helps to explain this further. If you were to walk through an Apple Orchard yet you were only to pick up the fruit that has fallen on the floor; you would miss out on all of the juicy apples that were still hanging on the trees. This can be applied to your job search as well. Job postings only represent a small portion of where jobs can be found today. One good idea is to make a list of all the businesses that you would like to work for. You should then email the HR department to find out about any existing jobs or upcoming jobs. Of course, joining an employment agency to find jobs also comes recommended. You can also use social media to your advantage to full stop LinkedIn has turned into a great place to find jobs today
Not doing your research.
Not doing your research is a mistake that simply cannot be excused. If you manage to secure an interview with the company, you need to make sure that you are prepared. This means that you have taken an interest in the company and that you have made a dedicated effort find out as much about the business as possible. You should have a strong understanding of the company's ethos and their morals. This will help you to display in the interview that you are the right fit for the company. After all, businesses today are not only looking for people that have the required skills but they are looking for someone that is going to fit in with our company culture. If you have not even taking the effort to research the company in question, then it's highly unlikely that you are going to come across as somebody who is going to be the right fit.
No online presence.
Another mistake that a lot of people make is not having an online presence. Yes, there was once upon a time when you did not need to use the Internet in order to find a job, however, that time passed a long time ago. When you apply for a job you can pretty much guarantee that the hiring managers are going to do a search of you on Google and they are going to try and find out as much as possible about you through your social media profiles. If you do not have a presence online, this is going to work against you. Even worse is if you have a negative presence online. If your LinkedIn picture is a photograph of you drinking shots common this is not going to go down too well.
Hopefully, you now have a better understanding regarding some of the most common mistakes that people today tend to make when they are applying for a job. If you can avoid the mistakes that have been mentioned in this blog post, you can give yourself a great chance of job hunt success.