If you are currently in a job search but coming up empty-handed, there may be some common mistakes you are making without realizing it. It’s important to remember that many people often apply for the same job, so making avoidable errors can help the employer determine who is a good fit and who isn’t. Here are some things you may be doing that are preventing you from getting the job.
Not including a cover letter even when it is optional
If you have ever used Indeed or LinkedIn to apply for jobs, you will notice that many job openings will request a cover letter. However, some offerings do not make this a requirement. If you come across a job that does not ask for a cover letter in their full application, add one anyway. Attaching a cover letter with the rest of your application can add some personability and they can decide if they want to take time to read it or not, but at least you showed initiative and that you care.
Having a lengthy and disorganized resume
As you get older and acquire more job experience and skills, your resume gets larger. This is a good thing, however, it’s important to know how to organize your credentials. Having a resume that is disorganized, difficult to read, and more than one page, is a red flag to employers. Instead, condense your information and ensure you include the most relevant details.
Applying to a job when your credentials don’t meet posted requirements
Although sometimes applying for positions that we aren’t completely qualified for can work out, if you don’t come close to meeting the expectations, it’s like your resume won’t be given a second thought. For example, if the job requirements include 5 years of experience, and you have 4 years, applying anyway could still give you a good chance. However, if you only have 1 or 2 years of experience, it’s likely you won’t be given a callback. Aiming high in your career is great, but knowing your own skillset is important as well.
Not following up after a job interview
Following up after you attend a job interview is not a requirement. However, it is advised. This can provide a chance for you to ask additional questions, thank the person for their time and express additional interest and initiative. Sending a quick email the next day can show the future employer that you are very interested in the open position.
Telling the interviewer that you can start right away while you are still employed
This is a common mistake people make without realizing it. If you are interviewing for a position of interest, only express interest in starting immediately if you are currently unemployed. If you are employed and are attending an interview, telling the future employer that you can start right away shows that you aren’t willing to provide notice, and can imply you’d do the same with them.