They say that finding a job can be a full-time job in and of itself. With the job market as competitive as it is, many people in the market find that sentiment to be true. Unfortunately, there are many things that job seekers do to make their task even more difficult. Be sure to avoid these five common mistakes that many job seekers make, and put yourself ahead of the competition!
Not following up
Perhaps the most common mistake that job seekers make is not following up after they send in an application or go in for an interview. You should always send a thank you letter (or email) to the interviewer after the fact, and you should follow up about a week or so after both an interview and after sending in an application.
Underdressing for a job interview
If you aren’t sure how to dress for an interview, you are almost always better off being overdressed rather than underdressed. Dressing up shows that you are professional, and it shows that you respect the interviewer’s time.
Failing to research the company ahead of time
In today’s world, there is absolutely no reason to go into an interview — or even submit a job application — without at least some information about the company to which you are applying. A quick Google search, a basic reading of the company website, and even perusing a company’s social media accounts can give you useful insight into the culture and values of a company.
Having typos in your resume or cover letter
There really is no excuse for typos in a resume or cover letter, yet hiring managers constantly comment on how often the applications they receive have glaring typos in them. It’s not enough to simply use your computer’s spell checker; you must read through each document several times, slowly and methodically. Better yet, have someone else read through them as well, as a second set of eyes always helps catch a tricky typo that might have slipped through the cracks.
Showing up late for an interview
One of the best ways to lose a potential job is to show up late for an interview. Not only does it disrespect the interviewer’s time, it shows right off the bat that you are unreliable. You should plan to be at least 15 to 30 minutes early. This will provide you with ample time to find the interview location, calm down and collect your thoughts.