What Not to Say or Do in Your Job Search

What Not to Say or Do in Your Job Search

Are you close to getting a job, but never quite receive an offer? Has this happened to you frequently? Are you just unlucky or is there something you can do about it?

The fact is that companies have their pick of talent these days. Yet, someone is getting the job and they may be less qualified than you are for the position. Why is the company hiring them instead of you?  We never know for sure why a hiring team goes with another candidate, but you can place yourself in a much better position if you avoid some negative practices.

Here are some of the biggest mistakes job candidate’s make when looking for a job:

  • They don’t know what is stated on their résumé or at least they can’t remember if they do know! They are confused on dates they worked at jobs and what their role was within the organization.
  • They lie about education or certifications; a big no-no.
  • The job candidate talks over the interviewer and doesn’t answer the questions asked, instead they ramble on about something that wasn’t asked.
  • Their social media sites are loaded with photos of close ups of martinis drunk and partying with their friends. Companies don’t like this.
  • Twitter is filled with profanities and negative press about their former employer. This is really an issue for more than 50% of hiring managers, according to Jobvite.
  • Grammatical and misspelling errors on a résumé are looked at negatively by 54% of the hiring managers.
  • Job candidate doesn’t know what the name of the CEO is of the company and latest news. This is a big mistake.
  • Job candidate calls the hiring manager the wrong name! Opps, is not an appropriate answer

Securing a new job is a process where you need to be at your very best.  With 92% of the companies using social media to track your activities, you need to set up a favorable brand for yourself on these sites. Spend time learning as much as you can about the company you are interviewing with. Know what’s on your résumé and listen to the interviewer. In other words, “clean up your act!”

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