Today, more job seekers know they need to be organized in their job search and be better prepared when it comes to discussing specific topics related to their field of expertise. The bigger question lies in whether or not the applicant knows all the job search hurdles that may affect them when looking for a job. There are plenty of unspoken job search-related issues that can pose a great hurdle for those looking for employment opportunities.
Be On Time
For starters, let’s look at some obvious reasons why employers eliminate applicants from the hiring process. A good example of this is arriving late for a scheduled interview. This is a big no-no; it’s disrespectful and will damage your image to the person conducting the interview. When they say “be on time”, be on time and do not arrive too early or too late. This is just a superficial example; there are far more fatal mistakes you can commit. All of these can result in the forfeiture of your opportunity for an interview.
Polish Your Resume
[tweetthis]One of the biggest job search hurdles is inadequate resume preparation. [/tweetthis] There are various formats for creating a resume, but most applicants commit the most fundamental mistake of giving out resumes that just state specific prior job responsibilities or experiences. Employers want to see a detailed resume with relevant accomplishments and core competencies to communicate you are someone worthy of an interview.
Conduct Company Research
Another job search mistake is a lack preparing for the job interview. Understand that to impress a potential employer, you need more than just a professional appearance. When you show up for your scheduled job interview, you need to be ready to impress by communicating your value to the organization. Prior to interview day, conduct background research of the employment needs of the company. Be sure to jot down information that shows employers you’re a knowledgeable individual and prepared to answer questions with relevant and tailored responses.
Sell Your Prior Experience
Above all else, the biggest error job seekers make is not sharing relevant work experience stories. More often than not, companies looking for employees require someone with enough experience needed to excel in the position. To avoid frustration, only send your application to a company where you can meet the majority of the employment requirements. If you’re very interested in a particular position and want to pursue your application, make sure you’re prepared to defend your lack of direct experience and how to compensate for it with relevant personal skills and core values.