6 mistakes to avoid while looking for a job

Communicate well, don’t fabricate information on resume during an interview. Whether you are a fresher or a seasoned professional, there’s always room for improvement, especially during an interview. Because of the mistakes one commits during his/her interview, employers often don’t turn up with a positive response or a job offer. Times Jobs approaches some of the industry experts to find out those mistakes that any job seeker can avoid.

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1. Poorly written resume In order to stand out among the thousands of resumes that recruiters receive every day, a candidate’s resume must represent the best that he/she has to offer and why they are right for the job. However, most job seekers spend tremendous energy, time, and effort to create an impactful resume, but send out multiple copies of the same to various recruiters instead of customizing it for each position. For every job application, one should send a customized resume highlighting key strengths and capabilities that are suitable to the position he/she is applying to. Also, a job-seeker must always proof-read the resume and cover letter to avoid typos and grammatical errors.

2. Avoid ‘trash’ talking about past employer It may seem like a common sense not to say negative things about previous or current employer during an interview, but candidates make this mistake frequently. People are often upset about recent on-the-job incidents and feel the need to make their feelings known. This is one of the most often-stated things that decision-makers cite as a reason for not hiring someone.

3. Jumping right into salary negotiation Bring up the salary issue early in the conversation. There are two common mistakes that candidates make during job interviews when it comes to salary negotiation. The first mistake is bringing up the topic of money too early. Most interviewers are turned off by candidates who approach the subject themselves, particularly early in the interview. People must earn the right to talk about this topic.

4. Not sure about reasons to leave Whenever Gen-Z hear of a role or job that excites them without evaluating readiness such as why, how, what and when, they choose to apply and let go of growth opportunities in their current role. It’s pure shift of focus versus a real reason to leave. Hiring managers most often hear reasons like better career opportunity, but in essence candidates are not sure of what the real gain is.

5. No online presence Most resumes claim that the job seeker is an accomplished professional and a leader in his/her field, but when you put the name in a search engine, either nothing comes up or you find others with the same name and can’t distinguish the job seeker from the others listed. Make it easy for recruiters to find you by creating customized online identity, business, and social networking profiles.

6. Providing incorrect information Candidates must never provide fabricated or false information during an interview, all the information given must be correct and verifiable by the employer. An interview is a very short process and it is important for a job-seeker to come across as honest and trust worthy. A job seeker therefore, must honestly answer any questions raised during the interview, for instance questions pertaining to break in employment.

Re-blogged from Economic Times India

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