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We all wish finding a job could be less stressful and more seamless. Well, we are here to help. There a few common mistakes that most job seekers fall victim too that can cause both frustrations and can take a hit to your self-confidence. Take a look at these 10 common mistakes and glide through your next interview.
1. How strong is your first impression?!
And yes, we are talking about that first document your potential employer sees, your resume. We all know how much you love updating and editing this pesky representation but it is vital to getting your foot in the door. It is important that you do your research in resume trends and what is catching employer’s eye. Have your formatting down 100% with absolutely zero grammar, spelling mistakes.
Edit, edit and edit again. Then even have your friends/family edit with fresh eyes. Take your time to write a resume that will stand out. List every quality you have that your employer might find desirable. The safest option is to submit it in PDF format because that’s the format that most employers prefer. Online Resume Builders is a great site to help those who need the extra help creating the perfect resume! Just give them your skills and they will do the rest for you!
2. You don’t get your name out there.
Visit job fairs, hand out your resume and business cards. Socialize with these people because they might help you in the future. Be professional and ask them as many questions as you can to help your career and get advice from the people who have been in your position before.
Never burn bridges and keep in contact with previous employers. The network of people you know and surround yourself with can be your biggest promoter. They are your best references for past work and ears for potential open positions. Always try and leave every situation on a good note.
3. Work on your writing skills.
Written communication is required in every job position. It starts with your resume but even in the simplest email communication issues can go awry.Your potential employer wants to see that you have the ability to write a question, response, proposal without basic errors. That you know how to address other through written communication. We suggest you practice. Write every day.
4. You didn’t proofread.
Spelling and grammar mistakes should never meet your resume, emails, letters, document titles, etc. It can make you seem either sloppy and lazy or just uninformed. Every one of us makes mistakes, that’s why it is very important to proofread. Even when you think you wrote everything perfectly, you will surely find a mistake or two. If it is an important document, have a friends/coworker check it out as well.
5. You don’t sell yourself.
A great elevator speech can do wonders for you. Practice it, and practice well. You don’t want any mistakes when it comes to presenting your speech. It needs to be a brief introduction about you and the best qualities you have. It should sound natural and confident.
6. You’re oversharing
Once you get to a job interview, it is a good thing to be chatty. However, there are boundaries that you need to respect. Don’t start over sharing and talking about your personal life and struggles. Even if your employer might understand it, he/she probably doesn’t want to hear it.
Be aware of your social media presence and realize you now represent a company as well as yourself. You need to stay professional. You can say your personal interests, hobbies and such, but don’t tell them your life story. Don’t forget that you’re not in a coffee shop with your buddies.
7. You forget to relax
It is important to find a job. If you’re having a hard time finding it, you’re probably stressing over it. The thing is, if you stress too much, you will arrive at the interview very tense and nervous.
Find a way to relax, so you don’t seem anxious. Do something to unwind, it is different with everyone. We often forget how important relaxation actually is. No one can function under a constant state of stress.
Job hunting can be a constant work in progress. Always practice your skills, your communication with other people, and expand your circle of acquaintances in a constant effort to improve. Never give up and don’t forget to relax every now and then. You know that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.