Ouch. My Job Search Will Fail? WTF?
That’s a little negative, isn’t it?
But you have to know that getting a job is serious and you have to be focused and spot on. You should be prepared and on your game. This will help you insure that that your job search runs smoothly and you receive results.
The ball really is in your court. Do the work needed to present yourself as a qualified candidate. Be thorough and consistent and you will find success as you search for a new gig.
Here are a few reasons that your search could fail if you don’t recognize the importance:
1. Your cover letter has mistakes
As an employer, one of the first things that would make me want to push an application to the bottom of the list is a cover letter with mistakes. Common mistakes are using a template in which you only change the names, addresses, and names of the employer.
Addressing the hiring manager with the name of that other departments hiring manager is such a dummy mistake. It’s totally feasible that you may be applying to many jobs and you want to save time; but better to do the work now then risk having to start your search again.
Templates are Dangerous!
It’s really easy to fall into the trap of using a template cover letter. You can certainly crank out a lot of letters and then push out a lot of applications. But that’s not going to make that potential employer feel special. And believe me, you want them to feel special. Because then they will regard YOU as special. Seriously. This works.
In conclusion, I strongly caution against using a template like this because of this very reason. But if you do use a template, proofread it very carefully for these types of mistakes.
2. Your “experience” section is too long and difficult to read.
I appreciate and have benefitted from the Strengths-Focused Resume. Specifically listing what I can do, with examples that back it up, will benefit your application more than an overly long list of tasks that you do at your various jobs.
A strengths-focused resume shares specifically what you can do, or have the potential to do, rather than just sharing the tasks you’ve completed. It’s easy to get tied up in company jargon or discussing projects that only mean something to your current employer.
Seriously, make your resume about your skills, and you will be way ahead of the game.
3. You cast too wide of a net
I say this knowing that I have done it in the past, but some of my job searches have suffered from doing this. At the very least, you should have a list of the organizations to which you’ve applied with a few bullet points about why you want that job.
Don’t confuse the positions of interest to you. Make sure you don’t have to look up details when you get a call for an interview or to submit additional information.
Know Your Companies!
Clearly, you should be able to differentiate between these organizations; if you are called for a second interview, you’ll want to show that you have done your research and know a good amount of data regarding this company you’re pursuing.
So – that’s my three cents and hopefully it will prevent your job searches from tanking in the future. You can read more about the job search by visiting my website here.
The first three readers who comment below with their worst job search horror story will receive a free 30 minute coaching call with me!! I would love to share your stories in future posts with suggestions on how to avoid those horrors.