Even the best job searchers tend to make a mistake here and there, especially if they've been out of the job hunt for awhile. The rules of this search are constantly changing as new trends and forms of technology pop up. In today's world, most people know the career market is extremely competitive. The last thing you want to do is make simple job search mistakes that could lessen your chances of getting an interview. Consider these tips to help you avoid a few common pitfalls.
1. Not highlighting relevant experience.
Many people will send a generic cover letter and resume via email and believe that it will ensure they're getting an interview. Even if you have tons of experience in this field, using this method isn't always effective.1 People often forget how many applicants employers have to sort through. If you don't make your relevant experience clear right away, you might be placed in the “no” pile. Write a cover letter tailored directly to a certain company or put a section in your resume showing your experience in that specific field. This could help your chances of getting a callback.
2. Not using networking.
Networking might be your biggest ally when it comes to obtaining a new job. One of the most common ways people get jobs in a competitive market is by knowing someone.2 Having a person who can directly recommend you to the hiring manager can exponentially increase your chances of getting the job. Go on LinkedIn, Meetup or another networking platform. Find out how people you know may help connect you to the people who are making the hiring decisions for the position you want. Involving a middleman may be your best option to get in touch with people at your dream job.
3. Not helping your helper.
If you do find someone who is willing to pull some strings to assist you in your job search, give them what they need to help you succeed. Ask them to connect you to a specific person (name or title), tell them exactly what type of position you're looking for and name specific companies you're interested in. The more work you can do for your helper, the easier it will be for them to help you.
These three mistakes to avoid could help you get more interviews and help you get into the position you want, sooner. Good luck!