7 COMMON MISTAKES JOB SEEKERS MAKE

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job_searchNOT DOING ENOUGH RESEARCH

Most interviewer say that this is one of the most common mistakes job seekers make. You should learn about how to obtain a job, go to the library, read about and utilize the available job search tools. In addition, you should not only do research on the company to which you are applying, but on the field in general. If, for example, you are looking for a job in the medical field, you should know how politics affect medicine and social issues

DRESSING INAPPROPRIATELY FOR THE INTERVIEW

Most first time job seekers have not been exposed to work-related attire. How you dress directly affect how people perceive you and whether or not they take you seriously. It is for this reason therefore, that you should make sure you are dressed professionally when you are networking and interviewing. You should also avoid very strong colognes or perfumes because most people have allergies, and you don’t want to make your interviewers start sneezing, right?

FAILING TO NETWORK

This is one of the major mistakes most job seekers make; putting too much emphasis on their grades and assuming it is all one needs to get a job. Fine, grades are important, but you should also establish networks with relevant people, since they increase your chances of landing a job. However, you should be tactful when forming and establishing networks. If you are asking everyone you know to help you find a job without any luck, then you should change your approach. You may also increase your luck if you focus more on what you have to offer the people you meet rather than mentioning that you are looking for a job.

NOT FOLLOWING UP ON THE NETWORKS

Most job seekers fail to keep in touch with the people who may be able to influence their search. When you meet someone who seems interested in you and is willing to be a resource, be sure to keep in touch. It will not be regarded as stalking if you mail your contacts links to articles you think they will find interesting. Be sure to keep yourself on top of their minds and you’ll be more likely to hear from them if an opportunity avails itself.

NOT PREPARING ENOUGH FOR INTERVIEWS

Most job interviews all boil down to 5 basic elements: articulating your value, conveying your knowledge of the company, asking intelligent questions, negotiating compensation and following through. Each of these items has to be practiced in advance to make you ‘ace’ the job interview. You should also identify the company’s pain points—what the employer’s main concerns are and why the position is available. If the company needs someone with specific skills, be sure you’ll be able to describe why you’re the best person with those skills. You should also make the interview about the employer, not you. So give them a good reason to hire you by talking about how you will solve problems for the company and add value to it.

WRITING A SUB-STANDARD CV

CVs and cover letters should be short and precise to impress the potential interviewers. As much as possible, avoid and eliminate errors. Experts suggest that your CV and cover letter should be detail oriented and precise. You should also ensure that you make your CV more about your future rather than your past, because the CV is a marketing document, not a history of things you’ve done. Make clear connections between what you want to do next and your accomplishments instead of emphasizing on irrelevant past history.

FAILING TO TAP INTO SOCIAL MEDIA

If you really love your privacy and decide to be invisible online, then you are making a big mistake. Take advantage of social media and let people know what you offer via platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc. use your status updates to showcase your expertise and grow your network and making people know, like and even trust you online. However, you should be very cautious on what you post on these sites. Avoid ill-advised posts and inappropriate photos online that will make your hiring manager question your judgment as well as moral values. Make a concerted effort to present yourself in the best possible way via all your posts and photos.

BY JOSEPHINE OTIENO