While on the job market, there may be some ways you’re sabotaging your results without even knowing it. In this highly competitive job market, these little tweaks can have a big impact on your job search success.
Using a Generic Resume for All Jobs
One of the most important things you can do when applying for a job is to modify your resume to fit the job description and duties of the role you’re applying for. While it may be easier to use the same resume for every job, hiring managers may pick up on it and see you as lazy and not fully committed. In an article on Forbes they caution, “This can make you look lazy, uninterested, and possibly even like you’re just applying for any and all jobs you see, going for quantity over quality. Whatever the case, it doesn’t look good and it certainly won’t increase your chances of securing an interview in an already competitive job market.” So make sure to customize your resume to highlight your experience and skills that line up with the job requirements.
You’re Going About It Alone
Getting others involved in your job search will help expand your options and deliver better results. Whether it’s letting your network know on LinkedIn that you’re looking for a new role, reaching out to close past co-workers and managers, or getting in touch with a recruiter, having others help will make the job search process much easier.
You Need to Clean Up Your Social Media Pages
When thinking about your social media pages, assume that hiring managers will likely check them. In an article on Monster, they write, “You may be thinking: “Do employers check social media accounts? For real?” The answer? Absolutely. A study found that 67% of employers screen job candidates through social networks. And what they find could give you a leg up, but it could also disqualify you from your dream job. The same study found 54% of companies have actually disqualified job candidates after viewing an applicant’s social media. Ouch. Basically, if you’re willing to publicly post something, a potential employer has every right to use it when considering you for a job.” Keep this in mind and how you will come across to hiring managers and potential future managers. If needed, clean up and delete old social media posts that would reflect poorly, look unprofessional, or otherwise give a reason for the company to question hiring you.
Practice Your Answers Ahead of Time
Before interviewing, not only is it important to research the company and have your answers prepared for frequently asked questions, but it’s also important to practice answering them ahead of time. In an article on Forbes they write, “So as a candidate, you must be 100% prepared to leave the information on the table that gets you hired, regardless of where the discussion turns in your 45 minutes with the hiring manager. Plus, what’s in your head often sounds better than what comes out of your mouth, especially in a stressful environment like an interview. There are many things you’ll be unable to control in the hiring process, so it makes sense to shore up those aspects that you can. And whatever you do, don’t: forget to send a brief thank you note that reiterates your value and interest within 24 hours. An email is fine, but you might be surprised how many candidates skip this simple step (and it’s noticeable).”