Most Common Job Search Mistakes

We’re all human, we all make mistakes. This applies when job searching too. Therefore, to reduce the risk of making these mistakes, we have compiled the most common mistakes, including tips on how to avoid them.

 Badly Developed CV

  • TIP To avoid this, spend time developing your CV instead of throwing it together in five minutes. Make sure to include details on your duties within each role and tailor it to the type of jobs you are applying for.

Poor Networking

  • TIP Networking, especially through social media sites, is a growing part of a job search. You will need to make sure you get out there and speak with people who are in the industry you wish to work in and companies you would like to work for. You never know when an opportunity could arise.

Applying for Jobs you’re Not Suited To

  • TIP – Looking for a new job can be frustrating, however just applying for any job you see isn’t going to get you anywhere. If you don’t have the skills, qualifications or experience for a job, no matter how much you want it – chances are you won’t get it. Make sure to apply for roles that suit your skills and experience, and make sure to read the job description to find out the skills and experience required.

Lack of Research before Interview

  • TIP – Don’t just assume that you can turn up at a job interview as you are and expect to get the job. a lot of work should be put into a job interview. Research the company, what they do, their plans, the job role and learn facts and figures. You are more likely to impress the interviewer by doing this.

Poor Body Language

  • TIP – Make sure to display good posture in your interview, keep good eye contact and avoid fidgeting. You need to show with your body posture that you want the job as well as what comes out of your mouth.

Not Answering Questions with Examples

  • TIP – When practicing answering an interview question, ensure to have examples of how you have displayed the stated qualities, and how you have achieved the said targets. Interviewers want to see that you can do it, not just be told. 

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