It’s quite common for job seekers to make some mistakes when they’re in the process of hunting for a job. If they’re nervous, worried or in a rush to apply for a job, mistakes are only bound to happen. Job search mistakes are easy to make, but hard to overcome – particularly when they might cost you the job. Steering clear of making such mistakes, will improve your chances of getting a job, which is why we’ve listed a few mistakes that you, as a job seeker might make, and how to avoid them:

MISTAKE#1:

Using the Same CV to Apply For Various Jobs

If you’re applying for more than one job, then your CV should reflect the responsibilities of the job that you’re applying for. Your CV must relate to the job you’re interested in, especially since many organizations are now using Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to search for CVs that match the positions they are trying to fill in. Sometimes an applicant might get rejected for a job despite being qualified for it, because their qualifications are buried beneath the long bullets in their work history section. Considering how some recruiters spend only a few seconds manually screening a CV, the recruiter might miss out on spotting your qualifications, and as a result, you might miss your chance of landing the job.

MISTAKE#2:

Writing a Long CV

At some point you must have thought that if you write down all the experience that you have, you will have a better chance of being selected by a recruiter. However, you must keep in mind, that a long CV will have no focus. Re-emphasizing on how some recruiters spend only a few seconds screening CVs, your CV should be concise and right to the point. This is because some recruiters won’t remember all the skills that you’ve listed, especially if you’re including the ones that are irrelevant to the job position! For these reasons, make sure that you don’t cram unnecessary information onto your CV, especially since long CVs are unappealing to many recruiters.

MISTAKE#3:

Failing to Do Research on the Industries, Jobs, or Companies

Many job seekers are so desperate to apply for a job, that they completely ignore reading the job description, or even  take the time to learn about the industry or company they’re interested in. Walking into an interview with minimal information about the job or company might put you at the risk of appearing negligent and indifferent. Recruiters might ask you questions related to the job, industry or company, and for these reasons you must be have done some research prior to the interview, in order to answer these questions with confidence and certainty.

MISTAKE#4:

Not Practicing Interview Skills

It’s normal to be nervous during an interview; you might stutter, fidget in your seat, or feel lost for words. This is why you should always opt for practicing some interview skills before an interview. Working on your interview skills will make you feel more relaxed and can help you boost your self-confidence. Preparation will be your key to success. Making a great first impression will actually improve your chances of nailing the interview, and getting the job. Did you know that using the proper body language during an interview could help you make a great impression? Click here to learn more about body language mistakes that you should avoid at all costs during a job interview.

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