21 Job Search Mistakes You Should Avoid

Why do you think you are still unemployed?

You’ve probably wondered things like, “Perhaps it’s because I don’t have someone to help me,” “Perhaps I took the worst course ever,” or “Perhaps I wasn’t merely lucky enough to find a job at all.”

These are the first thoughts that come to mind, but have you ever considered “you” as the perpetrator?

Even if you don’t plan to, you might make your job hunt more stressful and time-consuming than it needs to be.

So, if you’ve been looking for a job for a long time, you should surely avoid these job search mistakes:

Mistakes before searching for job

1. Failure to choose a career path: 

Due to the fact that many job seekers are desperate for work, they are willing to take any job that comes their way. Your job hunt can get extremely perplexing if you don’t choose a career plan.

2. Not choosing a career path that best fits your interest and skills:

If you want a more personalized and concentrated job search, avoid searching and applying for random jobs that you discover elsewhere.

3. Not preparing for a job search at all:

 Many job seekers are unaware that looking for work is a job in and of itself. Before you start looking for jobs and applying for them, make sure you’ve figured out your professional path, a written strong CV, and a compelling cover letter.

Remember, your qualifications, skills, and career history might be the perfect fit for the role, but how you communicate give an accurate picture of the employee you could be to the recruiter.

Mistakes in preparing your CV

4. Including irrelevant work experience:

If your CV spills over two pages and contains details of irrelevant work experience, like “catwalking while at high school” when you’re applying for an IT position, for example, it’s probably best to write a short sentence or leave it off completely. Hiring managers are only interested in the highlights of your resume and the skills you possess that are relevant to the position.

5. Having a wordy personal profile:

A short and clear personal profile is vital if you’re changing jobs, looking for an entry-level work, or targeting a specific role. A longer, more wordy one, on the other hand, will simply take up more space on your CV.

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6. Not tailoring your cover letter and CV:

Many job seekers make the fatal mistake of sending the same CV to every post they apply for, which only serves to demonstrate their unsuitability for the position. It is critical to customize your CV for each position, which you may do by simply reading the job description and inserting relevant keywords into your CV.

7. Not taking Application Tracking System (ATS) into account:

To manage the application process, most businesses employ Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS). This is a system that takes your resume, scans it, and ranks it. There is a specific format to follow in order to generate an ATS-friendly resume. Font, design, and layout should all be kept simple. Use bulleted lists as much as possible. Keywords are crucial. Because ATS analyses documents for keywords, you should modify your resume/CV to include them.

8. Lying. For instance: exaggerating skills and fabricating previous positions:

Although you may want to make your CV look as attractive as possible, you should never, ever lie about your talents or expertise. Saying you’re an expert in Adobe Photoshop when you aren’t, for example, can only backfire. You’ll almost certainly be asked about it during the interview and will be caught off guard.

9. Using slang words and abbreviations:

No doubt that it’s the 21st century and using slang is ‘cool’, but certainly the hiring manager won’t appreciate a bunch of words and phrases they probably don’t understand. To keep your CV ‘on fleek’, make sure you only use professional and appropriate language that can’t be misinterpreted.

10. Not updating your contact information:

The personal information area of your CV is perhaps the most significant. After all, you don’t want to miss out on an interview invitation because you forgot to update your email address or missed the last digit of your phone number.

11. Using outdated references and using references without request:

Only provide a reference on your CV if the recruiter specifically requests it. Without permission, adding a reference to your CV can make it unreasonably long.

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12. Saving your CV in unsupported formats:

Always save your CV in a format that may be easily opened by others. A CV should be saved in PDF and Word document formats. It is possible that saving your document in a specific file type isn’t the best option.

Mistakes in Cover Letters

13. Not attaching a cover letter with job application:

 The only thing worse than not tailoring your cover letter to the job you’re applying for is to not send one at all. The only thing that you will accomplish by attaching your CV to a blank email is getting it thrown out.

14. Using an unprofessional email address:

Your gorg3ous_baby@gmail.com email address might have been ‘cute’ in the 2000s but it won’t make anyone take you seriously in today’s overcrowded job market. Remember: your email address should be professional with a simple name-based account (firstnamesurname@example.com).

15. Focusing too much on what you want to gain rather than what you want to give when writing your cover letter:

 When writing your cover letter, you should not write it in a way that it will speak so much of what you want to get from the company rather than what you will bring to the table. Your cover letter should be a summary of what you bring to the table that makes you the best.

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16. Too many grammatical errors and blunders:

 You should always avoid making grammatical errors and blunders on your cover letter since your cover letter is your marketing tool. You can use grammarly.com to help you eliminate such errors.

17. Using a generic template message that doesn’t relate to the role:

When writing a cover letter for a specific job, you should be as specific as possible. One error that every job seeker should avoid is using a generic cover letter when applying for a more particular job post.

18. Writing a long cover letter:

It is not necessary for your cover letter to be very long. It should have a clear emphasis and be straightforward. When drafting a cover letter, you should go ahead and promote yourself in a clear manner.

19. Focusing more on your soft skill rather than related skills:

When creating your cover letter, pay special attention to talents that are relevant to the job description. Including a list of your soft skills in your cover letter will make it needlessly long and irrelevant.

20. Including unnecessary information in the letter:

When composing your cover letter, do not include needless information such as your name, educational background, and other details that are irrelevant to the position you are applying for.

21. Revealing salary expectations too soon:

You may have a perfect wage in mind, but unless specifically requested, you should never – ever – reveal it with a recruiting manager. This is especially true if you’ve had the opportunity to meet them! Employers will assume you’re simply interested in the money and not the company or the potential the position offers if you inquire about what they’re offering so early in the hiring process.

It is all too easy to make these frequent job search mistakes, so don’t be too hard on yourself if you do. The most important thing to remember is that looking for work is a journey, and it can take a long time. There will undoubtedly be setbacks along the way, but if you alter your path early, your journey to a new employment will be shorter and more productive.

You may also want to read about the smartest questions to ask a recruiter at the end of an interview. 

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