Don’t make your search harder with these all too common mistakes.

shutterstock_90358474Job searching can be tough enough all by itself. There is no need to make it even harder by doing or saying the wrong things. There are no magic words, resumes, techniques, or events that will cause a company to say ‘you’re hired’. However, there are a number of things you can do that will cause a miss an opportunity. I’ve made a list of the more deadly examples below. These are things that job seekers do all the time to keep themselves from being hired.

Make a Mistake. Should a typo in your resume or cover letter drop you out of contention? It shouldn’t, but, it can. Employers typically get hundreds of resumes for each position they list. Perfection counts.

Limit Your Job Search. This job search tip can make or break your chances.  Don’t limit your search by only applying to positions that meet your exact criteria. Instead, having an open mind (remember, you won’t know exactly what the job entails until you interview) when reviewing the job ads will increase your applications and increase your chances for getting an interview.

Expand Your Job Search. Sounds contradictory, doesn’t it? You shouldn’t limit your job search, but, there is no point wasting your time or anyone else’s applying for jobs you aren’t qualified for. The gentleman working as a child care provider didn’t, and won’t, get called for an interview as a C++ programmer.

Job Search Only Online. Don’t post your resume on Monster and HotJobs and hope that your email Inbox will start to fill up or your phone will start ringing off the hook. It won’t happen. You need to be proactive when job searching and use all available job search resources – online and offline.

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Contradict Yourself. If you are interviewing with several people make sure you keep your story straight. Telling one interviewer one thing and another something else is a good way not to get the job.

Insult or Complain About Your Former Employer. Even if your last job was horrible and your boss was an ogre, don’t mention it. Speaking poorly about former employers is never wise. How does your future employer know that you won’t talk about him that way, next time around?

Over Do It. I once worked for someone who wouldn’t hire anyone he could smell before they walked into his office. He might have been overdoing it a little, but, the candidates would have done better if they had minimized the perfume or the after shave.

Show Your Desperation. Are you almost out of unemployment? Don’t know where you next meal is coming from? Do you absolutely have to have this job? Don’t give an inkling of any of that away. You want employers to believe that you want this job because it’s a good opportunity and you can be an asset to the company, not because you need to buy groceries or make your car payment.

Show Your Tattoos. If you are applying for a position in the corporate world, and other worlds too, you might want to cover up your tattoos and remove some of your rings if you’re pierced in lots of places. They probably won’t impress most employers.

Give Up. Regardless of how good the job market is, job searching isn’t simple, and it’s not always easy to stay positive and focused. Frankly there is no magic job search tip.  When you’ve sent hundreds of resumes without much of a response it can be difficult to keep going. It’s important though to keep plugging away, to use all the job search tools available, and to keep a positive outlook.

What do you think?  Are there only Do Not Do’s we should add to the list?  Leave your comments below.

    1 Response to "Job Search Tip – How to NOT Get a Job"

    • Bruce Oesterle

      This article is dead-on the money correct. I have been in a number of searches over the past 25 years and seen how things have evolved. I made the mistake once of saying minor contradictory information in between the first and final interviews andjo got caught.

      I didn’t get the job and the recruiter told me why.

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