Every savvy management team knows a company's ability to succeed and grow rests largely on its ability to employ the best people. Recruiting is a vital business function.
And unfortunately, up until now, most companies have had to use one of two outdated recruiting approaches to find good candidates for their jobs.
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In a job market where there are plenty of applicants, it only takes one mistake to ruin your chances. As a job seeker, you need to know what the common mistakes are and work to avoid them so you lead a successful job search, impress managers with your resume, and make a positive mark at the job interview.
Job Search Mistakes<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjA4NDIxNS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0ODM3MDk5Mn0.VBLZKyHNkfavOy8R4FoD8J5ocvbCVerDxmKTERdV0yk/img.jpg?width=980" id="7ffeb" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="fc0ac3b80a4c0a499a41feacecb818e7" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Job seeker views openings through various job board websites." /><ul><li>Rely solely on job boards for opportunities — it has the least effectiveness rate when compared with using recruiters and networking through contacts.</li><li>No online presence — employers and <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/how-to-get-noticed-on-linkedin" target="_blank">recruiters scour for talent on LinkedIn,</a> so if you're not there and not optimized for the right keywords, you're missing out.</li><li>Ineffective networking – most people think that networking is telling your contacts that you are looking for a job and giving them your resume. This is not effective as you've just lost control of your job search because you're waiting on others to respond rather than being proactive in your pursuit.</li></ul>
Resume Mistakes<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjA4NDE5MS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTU5NzU2ODc2MX0._GIAVUyPZ7r_382DG3odoBnRFfqprdHcmoFcMjwdbsg/img.jpg?width=980" id="1c890" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="3f415c937654e7ccabfc64b8344b6fd9" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Young professional updates her resume." /><ul><li>Lack of a good profile summary – it needs to speak to "Here's what I can do for you."</li><li>Irrelevant information – if it doesn't apply to the job or the employer, it brings no value to your resume.</li><li>Not applying relevant keywords – hiring managers and the Applicant Tracking System look for keywords that indicate a match with what they are looking for before taking more time to review the resume.</li><li>List of responsibilities instead of <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/common-resume-mistakes-to-avoid" target="_blank">accomplishments and success achieved</a> – employers want to know how well you performed on the job.</li></ul>
Interview Mistakes<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjA4NDE5NC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTU5NzAxNTUyOX0.KMCBkmbT_4f0W5dzrmyHJmg9uiwyT_xmxytJqYZpy3Q/img.jpg?width=980" id="308fe" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="9c4bc3e3c27a5b7ef406192129ec9cc9" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Job seekers shakes hands with human resources associate during a job interview." /><ul><li>Late arrival – if you know you'll be running late at least call to apologize and offer an update on your expected arrival time.</li><li>Lack of rapport – people hire people they like and feel comfortable around.</li><li>Not <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/questions-to-ask-job-interview" target="_blank">asking questions</a> – demonstrate that you are truly interested in the opportunity.</li><li>Negative talk about your current or previous employer – this is not considered professional and employers do not want people who have had conflicts in their past jobs.</li><li>Unprepared and unfamiliar with the company – do your research and understand the employer's business.</li><li>Poor body language – it can speak louder than your words</li></ul>
So, let me begin by saying: Here's some irony for you... For years, I've struggled to properly explain what I do for work. Funny, right? The gal that has spent the last 15+ years of her life helping professionals with their personal brands, job searches, and career planning doesn't know what to label herself. Saying I'm a "career coach" has never seemed to properly convey the job. I feel that title makes light of the important work myself and my Work It Daily teammates do every day. And, I feel the term "career counselor" really speaks to those folks you find at high schools and colleges. But recently, a conversation about the evolution of Work It Daily provided me with a big ah-ha moment. Ever since that, I've wanted to post the following... "My name is J.T. and I'm a Career Therapist." (Finally! I said it.) I've known for a long time this is really my job. Each day, myself and a team of trained career support specialists give people a trusted, secure, and private place to talk honestly about their careers. This is no small thing. As humans, our identities, and subsequently, our happiness are tightly tied to what we do for work. When you spend 40+ hours each week doing a job, it can't help but define you and impact your ability to feel successful and satisfied in life. So, while I'm not a doctor (and I don't play one on TV), I am a career therapist. And, I'm no longer ashamed to say it. Why would I be ashamed? Glad you asked! Because getting career support is still seen as "taboo". When I decided to leave corporate America to become a career coach, my friends and colleagues thought I'd lost my mind. One former college classmate asked me if I was going to become some sort of new-age-hoohey-type (his words, not mine). I lost the respect of some people who thought I was throwing away a perfectly good career track (six-figure female HR executive), to do something weird. To them, people who used career coaches were "broken" and "unemployable." But over the years, these same people circled back, many of them asking to chat with me about their own career challenges. Still, those early years of criticism from my peers gave me doubts. But, fast forward to today and here's what I know... School teaches us a lot of things, but learning how to identify and pursue a meaningful career throughout our lifetime is not one of them. With more than 70 percent of the working population feeling disengaged and dissatisfied with their career success, we have an epidemic of professional happiness going on right now. And sadly, people don't seek the help they need. Even though we use trained professionals to fix all sorts of problems in our lives i.e. doctors, dentists, lawyers, accountants, physical therapists, etc. we still naively think we should be able to figure out our career problems on our own. The good news is, I think the thousands of people who have become members of Work It Daily in the last year would tell you: getting a little career therapy isn't a sign of weakness, it's a path to greatness. We refer to them as #WIDwarriors, and they're changing the world, one dream job at a time. So, to the millions of people sitting in silent disgust and desperation with their careers and failing to get the help they need (you might be one of them?), I say: