Top Five Mistakes That Job Hunters Make

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Published: 15 May 2015      

Searching for a job is amongst the more stressful things that a person can do, especially if they have recently left their place of employment for whatever reason and need to find a job to keep themselves and their family going.

Because of this stress, it is often very easy to make mistakes that can actually cost you the chance at a job that you would otherwise be perfectly qualified for. Avoiding these mistakes is crucial if you want to give yourself the best chance for success, so try to identify them quickly and eradicate them before they have an effect.

With that in mind, here are five common mistakes that people make when they are searching for a job.

5. Failing to Research the Employer

Employers want to know that you legitimately care about the job that you are applying for and aren't simple making an application for the sake of it. As such, they will often expect you to know a little something about the company before you ever set foot in the interview room and it is likely that one of the first questions that they will ask is "What do you know about the company?"

This is as true for medical jobs as it is any others and failure to demonstrate that you have researched the company makes for a poor first impression that will carry over into the rest of the interview. Be sure to research any institution you apply for, to the point where you feel confident enough to speak about what they do to somebody else.

4. Confident vs Cocky

There is a fine line between having confidence in yourself and being cocky about your abilities. An employer will want to see that you are assured in your abilities and will be able to use them effectively for whatever the job role may be, so you must ensure that you are firm and precise with your interview answers.

However, many people mistake confidence for cockiness and end up trying to blind their interviewer with their personal brilliance. This will quickly lead to your prospective employer writing you off as overly arrogant and, in some cases, a potential detriment to the rest of the team.

3. Overloading the CV

You CV is vitally important when applying for jobs, as it is the first impression you make on an employer and will usually be the deciding factor when it comes time to decide if you are worth interviewing. As such, many people give in to the temptation of overloading their CV with every little bit of information they can.

This is a mistake, as it makes the CV a chore to read and often hides the vital information that the employer is looking for. Tailor your CV to every application that you make so that you highlight the most important aspects for the prospective employer.

2. Failing to Follow Application Guidelines

Not all jobs simply require you to send a copy of your CV and a covering letter. Many will have their own application processes that you have to follow. While many applicant consider these an increased burden on their time, you should instead see them as an advantage. After all, such application processes are tailored to help you demonstrate what you can offer to the company, thus providing you with more structure than if you go in blind.

Whatever you do, do not try to skip this application process by simply sending in a CV. It will be discarded immediately and, at best, you will be asked to undertake the application process anyway. Always follow any guidelines you are given to the letter so that you can make a good impression.

1. Not Knowing What You Want

The biggest mistake you can make when looking for work is not knowing what you want in the first place. This leads to sending out an enormous amounts of CVs to prospective employers, without any sort of rhyme or reason beyond "I need a job."

This can cause a number of problems. For one, if you aren't dedicated to getting a particular type of job it becomes much more difficult to convince an employer that you are the right person for theirs. After all, you will come across as though you are in it for the money rather than the job.

Furthermore, this lack of focus leads to a lot of wasted time that could be spent on working on some of the other mistakes mentioned in this article. It also makes it difficult to keep track of who you have applied for, which could again lead to you being caught out should you need to take an impromptu phone interview.


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