25 Things That Cripple Your Job Search

25 Things That Cripple Your Job Search

Photo by Stuart Miles/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Photo by Stuart Miles/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Here is a compilation of the most common things I see regularly that hurt your job search.

  • You apply online to jobs where you clearly do not meet their minimum requirements.
  • You are a career changer and are depending on job boards to get your next role.
  • You write your own resume – seriously, how many have you written?
  • You do not have a resume that that reflects today’s standards for marketing yourself.
  • Your resume is not Applicant Tracking System friendly.
  • The zip code on your resume is not within commutable distance of the job you are applying for.
  • You do not really want to network.
  • You think networking is telling your friends that you are looking for a job.
  • You just keep posting your resume online and neglect to network.
  • You do not have your voice mail set up.
  • Your voice mail message is bad – nasty, gruff or you have your kid giving the greeting.
  • Your voice mail has inappropriate music.
  • Your kid picks up the phone, is not particularly friendly and does not seem to want to take a message.
  • You answer the phone poorly.
  • You are late to the interview.
  • You are rude or cold to the receptionist.
  • You didn’t bring a copy of your resume to the interview.
  • You are underdressed or overdressed for the interview.
  • Your handshake stinks.
  • You did not do research on the company or interviewer
  • You do not have an elevator pitch.
  • You do not listen well.
  • You do not ask questions during the interview.
  • You come across as boring or dull
  • You don’t really seem interested in the job or the company

 

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