As heartbreaking it might be, very often we hear our friends or colleagues talk about being an ideal candidate for a job, but still not getting a response from recruiters.“Online job searches and applications are definitely a bonus for a job seeker, however tiny mistakes can turn all efforts futile”, says Rachit Jain, CEO Youth4Work.
Below are the common mistakes most of us have made or still make while applying for jobs. The best way to get positive results is to bring in a change that can transform old habits or simply enlighten you with better ones.
- Tom-tom your job hunt: Irrespective of employed or not, looking out for a job should not be a breakfast conversation with everyone. Be subtle about searching a job when in the company of others if you are already employed, while alone you could take a much aggressive approach and chalk out a list of companies that ideally suit your profile and the ones that have a vacancy that suits your experience and qualification. If unemployed, work towards finding jobs online and meanwhile talk to trusted sources that can guide you.
- Limiting job hunt to a handful: Not all employers have a remarkably high budget for recruiting on a regular basis and might even refrain from paying hefty subscriptions to online job platforms. So if you are looking out for a job, do not stick just to the bigwigs, smaller job portals might have better opportunities. A lot of employers prefer recruiting from niche websites that are not overly popular, but have great profiles to choose from.
- Impulsive approach: Every job requirement that you come across, take time to read the job description, work responsibilities, the employer’s requirement and only then send out your resume to them. Yes, it’s easier to send out your resume to hundreds of employers hoping that at least one might respond, but that is like shooting in a dark alley. Try not being impatient, all good things require focus and lack of complaint.
- Ignoring the qualification column: Close to 90% of the recruiters are particular about mentioning a specific field area or qualification in the job listing. If you know you do not have the desired qualification, try not sending out your resume even if the “apply” button seems tempting. It would be a waste of time for you as well as the employer.
- Being laid back: There are times all you one can do is wait for an e-mail to pop up with an interview date. Not every day can be as lucky, so if possible look for the recruiter’s contact detail and give them a courtesy call and mention about the job application that you have sent in. Most of the online job portals are efficient and ensure that your resume reaches the right hands, but if you directly approach a company website, be proactive and keep them posted.
- Becoming complacent: Yes, getting an MBA or B.Tech. or other professional degree sure is a great achievement, however, it might be an achievement for thousands of others as well. Improve your skills and add more to your achievements as an employer will not just appreciate that in a prospective employee, but also offer you a better deal before someone else taps your talent. Creating a good market value is essential and should not be ignored.
- Dampening your online presence: It is essential that one is socially active and creates a great professional networking. Keep your presence alive on talent forums and interact with people. It is not necessary that opportunity is only by applying for a job post, a good networking on a professional online portal can lead you to great job openings or give you more direction in life. Create a dynamic online portfolio that is a blend of your skills, your interests, your achievements and find ways to hone your skills further.
- Using lame e-mail addresses: Yes, we all made a funny email address while in school or college. The email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org might be fun to share with friends, but certainly not a potential recruiter. Each step you take does have a consequence, so make sure it a positive one. If you have a funny or lame e-mail address, create a new one exclusively for job hunt purposes.
- Filling applications unprepared: Often employers do have a scanning process before keeping a face to face interview. They might have a series of questionnaires or even tests that judge your skills. Do not be over-confident or in a hurry to finish out such a test. Many online platforms offer guidance and even mock tests where one can practice and improve themselves for the future.
- Mentioning fake references: Mentioning a prior boss or fellow colleague as a go-to referral check is a great way to boost your worth, however do not furnish wrong details. Also, make sure the reference contacts that you mention give a positive response to the calls made to them.