When looking for a job, you want to make sure you're on top of your game. This will increase your chances of landing an interview and eventually getting that job! Here are the most common job seeker mistakes to avoid:
1. Spelling and grammatical errors
This is one of the biggest mistakes of all time. By having errors on your resume or application, the employer will think you don't pay attention to detail. Studies show that employers only spend about 30 seconds on each resume and spelling errors are an instant deal breaker. Have at least 2 to 3 people review your resume beforehand.
2. Generic resumes
Your resume is a representation of you and it should feel that way. Steer clear of buzz words or trends that don't fit where you're at in life. For example, if you’re looking for your first job don’t use a resume template that has work experience at the very top. Also, avoid having a laundry list resume where you just list out where you worked and when. Try to include your job responsibilities and the skills you’ve gained.
3. Putting all your eggs in one basket
The worst thing you can do is apply to a few jobs and then pause the job search process. Don't sit around waiting for the phone to ring. You should either continue looking for jobs or be proactive by following up on your applications. Never stop applying until you’ve been given a job offer.
4. Lying on your resume/application
Honesty is always the best policy and that's no different in your job search. More and more companies are investing in background checks and reaching out to your references. Being dishonest is the quickest way to remove yourself from being considered for a position.
Keep these tips in mind when you're searching and applying for jobs. What can you add? Let us know below!