How Not to Find a Job
Job searching can be tough enough all by itself.
There is no need to make it even harder by doing or saying the wrong
thing when job searching or interviewing. Here's a list of what
you shouldn't do. These tips might sound simple, but, you might
be surprised at how many people make a mistake without thinking
much about it. Then wonder why they didn't get a call or didn't
get the job.
Make a Mistake.
Should a typo in your resume or cover letter drop you out of
contention? It shouldn't, but, it might. Employers typically get
hundreds of resumes for each position they list. Perfection
Limit your job search
by only applying to positions that meet your exact criteria.
Instead, having an open mind (remember, you won't know exactly
what the job entails until you interview) when reviewing the job
ads will increase your applications and increase your chances
for getting an interview.
Expand your job search.
Sounds contradictory, doesn't it? You shouldn't limit your job
search, but, there is no point wasting your time or anyone elses
applying for jobs you aren't qualified for.
The gentleman working as a child care provider didn't,
and won't, get called for an interview as a C++ programmer.
Job Search Only Online.
Don't post your resume on Monster and HotJobs and hope that your
email In Box will start to fill up or your phone will start
ringing off the hook. It won't happen. You need to be proactive
when job searching and use all available job search resources -
online and offline.
If you are interviewing with several people make sure you keep
your story straight. Telling one interviewer one thing and
another something else is a good way not to get the job.
Insult your Former Employer.
Even if your last job was horrible and your boss was an idiot,
don't mention it. Speaking poorly about former employers is
never wise. How does your future employer know that you won't
talk about him that way, next time around?
Underdo it. Don't
be a slob. Candidates who are unkempt, disheveled and poorly
dressed won't get the job.
Over do it. I
once worked for someone who wouldn't hire anyone he could smell
before they walked into his office. He might have been overdoing
it a little, but, the candidates would have done better if they
had minimized the perfume or the after shave.
Show Your Desperation.
Are you almost out of unemployment? Don't know where you next
meal is coming from? Do you absolutely have to have this job?
Don't give an inkling of any of that away. You want employers to
believe that you want this job because it's a good opportunity
and you can be an asset to the company, not because you need to
buy groceries or make your car payment.
Show Your Tattoos.
If you are applying for a position in the corporate world, and
other worlds too, you might want to cover up your tattoos and
remove some of your rings if you're pierced in lots of places.
They probably won't impress most employers.
Give Up. It's a
tough job market and it's not always easy to stay positive and
focused. When you've sent hundreds of resumes without much of a
response it can be difficult to keep going. It's important
though to keep plugging away, to use all the job search tools
available, and to keep a positive outlook.