Common Mistakes to Avoid When Searching for a Job
You might have been searching for a job for weeks, maybe even months all without success. This may be due to the several common mistakes too many people make when looking for a job. What are they?
Although you might be enthusiastic about working with a particular company, but that doesn’t mean you should become a nuisance by going too frequently to follow up on your job application. Remember you aren’t the only person applying for the position. The hiring team most likely has to wade through hundreds of resumes to interview just a dozen or so candidates. Be patient. They will get in touch. It is best to wait at least a week before following up and don’t show up at the office unannounced.
2. Not following up at all
However, just because you don’t want to be annoying doesn’t mean you should not follow up at all. Following up is key. A way to do this is by making sure to send a thank-you note or email to show your appreciation for the interviewer’s time. We are in an age where people are often too busy to offer a simple word of thanks, so doing this will set you apart from the other candidates. It is important to stay in the interviewer’s mind, and this is a good way to do it.
3. Putting all of your eggs in one basket
There is more than one way to look for a job. Whatever you do, don’t limit your job search to online job boards. The chances are pretty high that your resume will end up in a junk mail folder, go to the wrong person, or never get sent at all due to some technical glitch (which is why follow-up is so important). Also, make sure to tap your network and speak to friends, family, and neighbors about your job hunt.
4. Asking a newly employed person for Referral
When you hear your former co-worker just got a new job at a great company, you are likely tempted to ask for a job referral, so you can work there, too. Don’t. Give the person some time to settle in first. It’s rude to hit up your former co-worker for a job when he or she has barely had time to unpack. Unless you’re also close friends and the person said it’s OK to pass on your resume, it’s best to back off for a while. Your pushy behavior could be a turnoff.
5. Forgetting online profiles
Many hiring mangers take time to look through candidates’ social media accounts. So, if you had a heated Twitter debate with someone, you might want to delete that conversation. Roughly 60% of employers responding to a Career Builder poll said they use social networking sites to research job candidates. This is up from 52% the year before. If you think the content of your social media profiles doesn’t matter, think again. Studies show that more than a quarter of employers discovered online content that caused them to reprimand or fire an employee.
6. Asking for a ridiculously high starting salary
Don’t just come up with a salary that sounds good, and ask for that amount. If you ask for a salary that is much higher than the usual for that position or for your experience and education level, you will appear arrogant, inexperienced, or both. Always conduct research before making a salary request. Chances are the hiring manager will ask how you came up with your request. Websites, such as Salary.com and Payscale.com, can help you with your research.
7. Taking too long to respond to a job offer
If you’re interviewing for a couple of jobs simultaneously and receive a job offer, you might be put in a position where you have to wait to see whether the other employer responds, so you can compare job offers. It’s not easy to get a job offer these days, so when you get one that closely matches what you’re looking for, make sure not to wait too long to respond. Not responding to a job offer early enough signals lack of interest or lack of responsiveness, both of which are bad things. You don’t need to call and accept it on the spot, but you do need to call them back and say something. You can ask for a few days to get back to them with an answer, but if you wait to even make contact to say that, they may assume you’re uninterested and move on to the next candidate on their list.