It is very difficult to endure job-hunting. It involves a rather boring process of searching for just the right job, updating your outdated resume, writing a variety of cover letters, and then sending them to potential employers. You then have to wait and remain confident you will obtain a job interview.
It’s important to detail your resume and cover letter so it matches the job description. Even if you had the same job title in a previous position, if you lack the skills employers request, it is not very likely you will succeed in obtaining an interview. What you want to do is highlight those skills that are necessary based on the requirements of the company. It’s also essential to mention why you are applying for a job with that particular company and what you can offer them if they choose to hire you.
1)Applying for Jobs Outside Your Skill Level
One of the biggest mistakes a person can make is applying for a job without having the necessary skills, qualifications, or experience the employer requires. When you do this it is highly unlikely you will succeed in receiving a call for an interview. On the other hand, applying for jobs that are below your skill level may be a red flag for employers. They may see you as a person desperate for any job that is available and may question your ability to perform. They may also have concerns about how quickly you will leave once you find something more in line with your skill level and actual salary requirements.
2) Submitting Cover Letter or Resume with Errors
When a potential employee submits a resume or cover letter that is full of mistakes, it sends a message to the potential employer that you didn’t put any effort into your submission. The use of text language also needs to be avoided. Make sure to use spell check and have someone else proofread your documents for spelling and grammar. You also want to be careful you don’t address the wrong person or company in your cover letter. Use a formal and simple font that is easy to read. When an employer receives documents that not only look but also sound professional, they are confident they can depend on you to deliver high quality work.
3) Lack of Proper Communication Skills
It is essential to ensure your communications with any potential employers are professional and concise. It is unimportant whether the communication involves a single sentence or something longer like a cover letter; the way in which you present yourself is important. Employers receive hundreds of applications for each position, and a well-worded resume and cover letter is more likely to draw attention than one lacking communication skills.
4) Failure to Follow Up
When you follow up with an employer after submitting an application it shows you are definitely interested in the position. Companies receive hundreds of applications, so applicants that call them to check on the status would receive the most attention.