There are mistakes that some of us make unknowingly.
If you're doing any of these, you're probably holding yourself back from your ideal role.
Writing a resume that’s too long
Show your highlight reel, not your life story! Keep your resume to two pages and only include things that are relevant to the position you are applying for.
- Tip: Have one page for every 10 years of experience. Include enough to entice your employer (but not so much that they're reading a novel!). They can ask for more details at the interview.
Submitting a resume without a cover letter
Your application will get tossed without a cover letter (even if the job ad doesn't request one).
- Tip: Make sure your application includes your cover letter, resume, and any other documents required.
Sending the same application to every job
Your application should scream ‘look at me, I'm the best fit!' If you send the same resume out to every job, you won't be considered.
- Tip: Each position has different requirements, so each job application you submit should highlight your experience and skills that match that particular job. It will take your application to the top of the pile!
Bad-mouthing an old employer
No matter how bad your last job (or boss!) was, do not vent about it, at any stage. It will make your interviewer think that you’ll do the same to them.
- Tip: Keep it positive, focus on what you learned from the experience and talk about where you want to go in the future.
Not researching the company and role
If you know nothing about the company when you go in for an interview, you won't appear enthusiastic about being there.
- Tip: Spend some time before the job interview checking out the company’s website and going over the job ad. Aim to know a little about the company’s purpose, culture and any recent news-worthy events.
Forgetting to send a thank you email
If you’re not sending a thank you email (or note) after a job interview, think about all the candidates that are. No 'thank you' email will make you stand out, but not for the right reasons.
- Tip: Send a thank you email no more than 24 hours after the interview. This keeps you in the mind of the interviewer and gives you the chance to reiterate your strengths.