Looking for a job? Just because you have a resume doesn’t mean you’re ready. Your mind, attitude, knowledge and resume all need to be tailored for, not only, the position but the company you are applying to. The job search can be stressful but if you’re properly prepared, you’ll end up alright. Avoid the following mistakes:
It can be difficult not to take the first job — any job! —that is offered. However, accepting a job that doesn’t align with your interests, or working in an office culture you don’t enjoy, can quickly lead to bitterness and burnout. Take time and consider how each job lines up with your values, interests, skills, and personality before accepting an offer.
Having one resume for every job.
Even if you apply for three positions that are similar in nature and responsibilities, you are probably applying at different companies (or at least different departments). Tailor each resume to the job for which you are applying—this means copying and pasting from that master resume to make sure that you’re including the most relevant experiences for each position.
Failing to research the organization.
When you interview for a position, there are two main ideas you want to illustrate: why you’re the best person for this job, and why you want to work for this company. In almost every interview, you’ll be asked the question, “Why do you want to work for us?” It’s important that you know major details about the organization—what they do, their mission and vision, the primary players—and be able to articulate these details in the interview.
Failing to use basic etiquette.
Thank you letters. A firm handshake. Looking someone in the eye. These are all basic rules of etiquette that we should be adhering to all the time, but that we absolutely must do during a job interview. Failing to send a thank you letter after a job interview can mean the difference between an offer or a rejection letter. Treating the administrative assistant rudely before you interview could kill your chances before you’ve ever said a word to the hiring committee. Manners matter—especially during an interview.
Are you prepared for your next interview? Is your resume job ready?