7 Things to Avoid When Looking for a Job

Sometimes you apply for a job and expect to land it within a short period of weeks, even a couple of months. Instead, the job takes longer than expected.

The recent pandemic that affected the whole world hasn’t made searching for jobs any easier. However, many people found new jobs during this period and you can, too. It may take a little time, but getting a new job during this period can be done.

To achieve this, make sure you avoid making the seven mistakes listed below. 

  1. Applying for many jobs at the same time

Most people think that their chances of getting employed will increase if they apply for many jobs. But that is not the truth. You have to know what you want and do some research. Be clear about what you want to get from your next job.

Get to know about the salary rate, flexibility, and any other thing that is important to you. The more you know about your job and what you want, the better you will narrow down your search. You get to save more energy and time before you start searching. Apply for jobs that you are more qualified for and passionate about.  

  1. Being aggressive

So you didn’t get called back for an interview after submitting your cover letter or resume? You have waited for days, still no call or email. You have to understand that job searching can be hard sometimes, but you have to keep a polished and professional attitude towards the company when communicating with them. Wait for a week or a few before contacting a company again after applying for a job.

  1. Starting again from scratch

You haven’t heard back from your employer after applying, so you think there may be something wrong with your resume. The truth is that nothing may be wrong with it. Sending out a “boilerplate” type of resume is a mistake done by many applicants.

These types of resumes won’t help employers to consider you for the position. They lack real quality and passion. Your chances of landing a job will be increased if you send fewer resumes that are focused on the position available. Also, give detailed examples of what you can offer to the company and how to achieve them. You must know your worth before applying. This means knowing your salary range and also understanding your roles in the company.  

  1. Quitting

Maybe you are overqualified for the role or a little bit of a reach. Whatever the case might be, you get frustrated and stop searching for new jobs. If this is the case then consider taking a job search break. You may not have the exact skills which the employer is looking for but you can have similar ones which you can highlight on your resume or cover letter.  

  1. Not following instructions

Most employers have reasons to ask for certain information or questions. When you do not follow the directions, the employer won’t have confidence that you will follow instructions if hired. For you to avoid such from occurring, make sure you read through the job description carefully and follow the instructions listed. Even if it’s an email, read it carefully and ask for clarification when necessary. Proofread what you have written before sending it out.

  1. Stretching the truth

You may be thinking that everybody stretches the truth on their resume. But writing that you know how to use something when you have never used it before, is a little more than stretching the truth. So do not misrepresent yourself because the short-term benefits will lead to long-term implications.

  1. Not asking for feedback

You may have asked a friend to read through your resume and they came up with a few corrections or suggestions for you to make it better. Or you took a nock interview and didn’t like your performance. But you ignored the feedbacks, disagree, and don’t like the feedback.

To most people, feedback is hard to hear, no matter how positive or constructive it was presented. You have to understand that feedback is a way to grow better and improve. Whenever you receive feedback about your performance, learn to it and try to improve on the aspects you didn’t do well.