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These Commonly Unnoticed Errors Slow Down Your Job Search…

November 13, 2015

Have you not heard back from companies despite applying for many job opportunities? If you are not getting the response you seek from the job search process, and have absolute no idea on what is going wrong, then here are some basics to correct the classic overlooked mistakes by job seekers.

These steps if carefully followed should accelerate your job search process and relieve you of the frustration and stress. Some of the common unnoticed errors made by job seekers that slow down your job search process are:

  • Sending applications without a targeted employer strategy

While we completely understand that you are in desperate need to get employed and sending applications after applications online  – both through direct means and referrals. However, if you are still not called in for interviews, then you need to correct the basic mistake of blindly applying for jobs and not customising your profile to meet the specific job requirements. This process of job application usually never gets you interview calls from established companies on lookout for talented professionals.

The most effective way to reach out to companies is to target employers you want to work for and customise your profile accordingly, as required. It is important to align your passion with long-term vision for the future. Tailor your applications to specifics; this will increase chances of your candidature getting noticed by HR managers and prospects of landing a job.

  • If your resume and cover letter is not tailored to the specific employer

Even if you have managed to devise a targeted employer job-search strategy, a generic resume and cover letter can dampen your chances of getting shortlisted for the job role. One-size-fits-all approach cannot be followed if you are keenly looking to be called in for job interviews.

One glance at your resume will tell the interviewer that you could be a perfect fit or a misfit for the workplace culture and job role. Hence, always customise your cover letter and resume to meet specific job criterions. Emphasise on how you can bring on value to the company and address business problems easily.

See: 5 Most Common Job Search Mistakes Fresh Graduates Should Avoid

  • Wasting the top-third of your resume with drab information common to one and all

Highlight your unique skill sets and experience in the top-third of your resume, to market your candidature effectively among companies and recruiters. The top-third of your resume should draw attention of hiring managers and send a compelling message to create positive imagery of your skill sets as value add-on to the company.

Keep your personal information at the top, short, crisp and to the point. There’s no need to include street address at the top, just include your name, email address and personal web URL or LinkedIn page to provide insights on your experience to the hiring manager. This will leave you with plenty of room to include marketable aspects about yourself, your qualification, experience and skills to the interview and sell yourself proactively.

If you have a career objective statement, remove it and instead include a professional summary experience.

  • You Drive Away Interviewers and Hiring Manager through Lengthy Resumes

While you would like to enlist all of your talents, qualifications, experience and interests, but remember your resume should not resemble a life story. An element of mystique always appeals to the hiring managers to contact you and explore details during a personal interview.

Simply provide enough applicable information to score an interview. Lay out only the most relevant aspects of your experience to the specific job role, this will impress the interviewer and get your candidature shortlisted. Keep your resume length restricted to a page or two.

While you might be under an impression, a lengthy resume is a must-have to speak about all your skills in detail, however on the contrary a lengthy resume can only bore the reader with irrelevant details and decrease your chances to be shortlisted.

  • Chances of your candidature getting noticed decrease if you expect others to do the math for you

Do not just talk about your work in terms of accomplishment but try to quantify them with numbers. In many resumes and cover letters, job seekers speak about their experiences by explaining activities, rather than productive outcomes accomplished.

For instance, if you help reduce time lag in completing tasks with automation implied. Simply stating this experience bland will not make an impact on the minds of an interviewer. Rather quantify this fact by explaining, how the automation when implemented helped enhance productivity of workers by 30%. Numbers help work magic.

Also read: 4 Key Tips for Job Seekers with Less Than Perfect Resumes to Navigate the Job Search Process

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