What NOT to do when looking for a job!

So you’re fully qualified and tick all the boxes as far as your desired job description is concerned, and yet you’re still scratching your head wondering why yet another application letter has gone unanswered.

We show you 7 things you need to stop doing as you look for your next job!


1. Restrict your job search to adverts

Although a job board may be the easiest platform to find a job, the reality is that you will narrow down your opportunities if you just stick to one method of searching for your next role. Take a look at social media and be proactive within your network.

2. Use an outdated CV

Many job-seekers neglect to update their CVs, and this can be detrimental to their job searches. Contrary to what some people may say, recruiters do in fact read through cover letters and the particulars of your career experience, so ensure that you only have the most recent career history on paper. When in doubt, the rule of three is often the best to follow – i.e. include your three most recent job titles.

3. Forget about your LinkedIn profile

Thanks to social media, it is now a lot easier to make yourself visible to a wider audience, and many recruiters use LinkedIn to search for talent. Although it may seem tedious to spend time and effort creating a profile that will stand out from the rest, it may prove to be a wise investment. Ensure that your profile correlates with the information on your CV, but do not stop there. Showcase what an amazing person you are by adding personal interests, volunteer causes and any other skill development courses you may have taken over the years.

4. Act too desperate or submissive during a job interview

Although this may seem like the smartest way to land the job, you may find yourself accepting a position that does not align with what you are truly looking for. Worse still, an employer can smell desperation from a mile away, and may choose to exploit your eagerness to please should you accept the role.

5. Send the same cover letter to every hiring manager

Chances are you may be looking for a number of different roles, with each of them requiring a certain set of skills. For this reason, it’s important not to execute a one size fits all approach when submitting applications. Be sure to take the time to alter your cover letter accordingly to showcase the appropriate skills that you can bring to jobs you’re applying to. However, this doesn't mean you should be dishonest, but rather demonstrate the relevant strengths you can bring to the role.

6. Lie on your CV

Even if you somehow manage to get past the background check with the lie in your CV intact, a serious problem still awaits you once you start your new job. If you said you had certain skills or experiences on your CV, you can be sure your employer will expect you demonstrate those abilities on the job. But if you fail to deliver, then that will soon become apparent and you will more than likely end up losing your job. Not only will you end up unemployed, but the fact that you have been fired will cast a shadow over your future job searches.

7. Side-step your recruiter

Whether you’re currently employed, or actively seeking a new role, you should always keep your phone on hand. Many candidates make the mistake of blowing off recruiters, and this not only costs them the opportunity of potentially landing their dream job, but it also makes a recruiter less likely to contact them in the future. Remember that consultants often provide a door into positions that no one else knows about, so be sure to value their interest in you. Furthermore, remember that integrity is essential to building mutual trust, and under no circumstances should you try to approach an employer directly after a recruiter has shared the details of the role with you in confidence.


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