Jobseekers are often ill-prepared for starting a job hunt, but it’s important to put a lot of thought into the process as in today’s economy, a job offer is like gold dust.
Taking a step back and looking at the process can not only improve the chances of an offer, but improve the kind of job you can find. The Huffington Post compiled a list of six of the most common mistakes made by job seekers:
o Looking for a new job can be an exciting time, but many people find it depressing. Ignoring the negatives can boost your confidence and ability to cope in interviews. And greater confidence means a greater chance of success!
o Accepting the first job that comes along isn’t always the right decision. Grabbing an offer that isn’t necessarily the best thing for you can set you back a long way. Spend some time exploring your options and research the offered position.
o Answering ads and talking to recruiters often yields fewer results than networking. Spend time interacting with people in the field you want to work in and build up a good contact list of important people to talk to.
o Running spell checks can mean the difference between landing a dream job and having your CV thrown into the bin. This applies to e-mails, letters and all forms of communications too. And make sure you get yourself a professional e-mail address too, not the one you set up when you were 14.
o Showing up unprepared for a job interview is a big turn-off for employers. Know the company and its position in the world. Review the annual report if the company is public, or at the very least do a Google search on recent news and check out their website.
o Sending a thank-you note after an interview is common etiquette in today’s job-seeking world. Don’t pester them, but an e-mail if you don’t hear back is acceptable.