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Some Common Mistakes That Job Seekers Must Avoid

Finding the right job is not an easy task. You have to take great pains in order to land your dream job offer. However, when it comes to putting in all your efforts into your job-hunting endeavors, there might be a few things that could go terribly wrong. As a result, you may end up searching for more and more jobs, applying for them, giving interviews, but without any positive responses in return.

So, what is it that could go wrong? What are some common mistakes that you need to avoid while searching for a new job? Let’s find out!

Beginning a job search without any specific plan

One of the biggest mistakes that job seekers often make is to fail to have a plan. Applying for different jobs hastily, just to get any work isn’t a wise career move. Concentrate on a specific role. Set concrete objectives of what you want from your new job. What is it that you are planning to achieve? Where do you see yourself in a couple of years? What type of company would you like to work with? By listing all such points on a piece of paper, you can focus on things that actually matter. When you have a plan, you know what is it that you need to pursue. Exercise patience and you will definitely reach your goals.

Not having a strong resume

A poor-quality resume is much worse than not having any. It is understandable that not everyone can write exceptionally well, but a resume that’s not impressive enough isn’t going to open the doors of opportunities for you. This is why investing your time and efforts in carefully creating a meaningful and strong resume is a must. When it comes to creating a resume, you have to be so good that they can’t ignore you. Once you have prepared a resume, don’t forget to check it a few times to find any spelling mistakes, typos, etc. Nothing is more off-putting than having a resume that’s full of mistakes. Therefore, prepare a great resume and revise it a couple of times to put your best foot forward.

Mailing unwanted resumes

There are millions of jobs in the world, but still, many job seekers pitch companies that don’t even have relevant vacancies for them. Mailing unsolicited resumes is one of the biggest mistakes that job-seekers make. Only send your resumes to a company, when it has a vacancy that fits your job profile. Sending uninvited resumes to different organizations wouldn’t really open new vacancies for you. It will just result in a waste of time and efforts. It makes sense to avoid this futile practice.

Inability to build a network

If you really want to get a good job, then don’t overlook the importance of networking. When you have a strong network, you increase your chances of getting a job through referrals. Meet new people in your industry, build contacts and communicate with them about the latest industry trends. Let them have an understanding of your knowledge and skills. Make sure to stay connected with them. Occasionally, you can even remind them that you are looking for opportunities. And before you know it, you could be having a number of interviews lined up through these references only!

Failure to prepare well for the interviews

Your task doesn’t end at finding a vacancy and getting scheduled for an interview. In fact, your actual task starts from this point forward. Your failure to prepare well for the interview may lead you up a blind alley. So, don’t fail to prepare. Begin by reading the job description well. Then list all those accomplishments and skills that suit the job description. Make points on how can you add value to the role that you have applied for. And during the interview, present yourself well. Don’t just share your knowledge and wisdom, but ask relevant questions about the job. Simple steps like these can help you leave a great impression on the interviewers and boost your chances of securing the job.

Always remember that there is nobody who can stop you from achieving what you want. You have the ability to find that perfect job. All that’s needed is to take the right steps at the right time.


Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is the CEO and editorial director at CEOWORLD magazine, the leading global business magazine written strictly for CEOs, CFOs, top managers, company directors, investors, senior executives, business leaders, and high net worth individuals.