If you're not getting interview offers, it may be time to refine your job search approach. The job search process tends to be difficult, but there are steps you can take to eliminate mistakes that may be holding you back. Review these common blunders that job-hunters make when finding employment so you can be sure you're not inadvertently sabotaging your job search.
1. Sending Low-Quality Resumes and Cover Letters
Your first step to improving your job search should be analyzing how you present yourself on paper. Even if you have unparalleled credentials and experience, you might not get calls for interviews if your resume and cover letter aren't up to par. Go through your resume and update the language, fonts, design, and anything else that seems dated, and make sure there are no spelling or grammar errors in your document. Cater each resume and cover letter to the specific position for which you're applying; hiring managers can easily detect a mass-forwarded template-style resumes.
2. Potentially Damaging Social Media Profiles
When you're applying for jobs, you can assume that the hiring manager is going to search your name online. This can work for or against you. If your social media accounts are filled with racy, offensive or degrading pictures, you're probably not going to hear back from hiring managers. It's a good idea to clean up your accounts before beginning your job search. You can also make them private or create new accounts specifically for professional purposes.
3. Not Following Up
If your job search strategy is simply forwarding your information to as many employers as possible and hoping for the best, you're struggle to find a job will likely continue. Finding employment requires vigilance and persistence. After you apply for a position, write down the name of the company, the desired position and the date so you can follow up a few days later if you don't hear back. Checking on the status of your application shows that you really want the position and that you're a go-getter.
4. Not Doing Your Homework
If you want to succeed on your job search, take steps to stand out from other applicants. One of the most common job hunt mistakes is simply lacking enthusiasm, or at least giving that impression. Show the hiring manager that you really want the job by doing some research beforehand so you can make a convincing case. For example, in your cover letter, you could mention specific products that the company sells that you really enjoy, or you could comment on how you respect the CEO's vision for the company. Be as specific as possible to prove that you're already the best possible candidate and can easily acclimate to the company's culture.
When you don't hear back from a potential employer, try to figure out why. Pay attention to every detail of your job search approach, and make any necessary changes. The job search process requires you to learn from your mistakes, so don't get discouraged. Continue growing and be persistent, and you'll find your dream job eventually.
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