When it comes to searching for a job, we want to make sure there’s nothing scary about it at all! We have put together five of the most common mistakes job seekers do, which scares employers off.
Here are five things that jobs seekers often do that can scare away potential employers:
Resurrecting an outdated resume
Job searching isn’t a common occurrence, as most people will have a job for years a time sometimes decades at a time! When the time does come to start applying for jobs, we tend to pull up our resume saved deep down inside our computer and resurrect it. While you have been working for years, hiring trends have changed and so have resume. Take time to research current resumes and even seek resume help from employment agencies. Resumes are your point of entry to a potential interview, make it stand out!
Mysteriously showing up late to an interview
Being late for a job is bad enough. Being late for an interview is a huge red flag to employers. If you ever do find yourself showing up late to an interview however, you should do your best to give forewarning. There are many reasons that can result in being late for an interview. This is why it’s always best to plan ahead and leave very early to give you some wiggle room. If for some reason you are running late, be courteous and ring ahead to let your interviewer know and explain the delay.
Answering questions like a zombie
Employers want to see enthusiasm as well as your interest in not only the job opportunity, but the company as well. Always get enough sleep and research the job opportunity and company the night before an interview, to ensure you are awake and well prepared for whatever questions the interviewer throws your way. Interviewers will be impressed with the knowledge you have of the company and you will spark their interest in you.
Having a frightening online presence
You could nail the interview and do everything right but, your online presence could ruin it for you. Offensive language, drunken selfies, controversial statuses or political views. We have seen it all. Before or during your job search, make sure to do an online audit and clean your online presence up. Change your privacy settings, delete any questionable or controversial posts, comments, pictures to ensure you look professional.
Being a ghost after the interview
This is one of the most common mistakes job seekers make. Its important to not disappear after the interview. Always follow up with the interviewer within 24 hours of the interview. Thank them for the opportunity and again express your interest in the role you applied for. An email is a common way to get your message across but a phone call will stand out more, letting the interviewer know you generally care.
Good luck on your job search!