Mistakes that Job Seekers Commonly Make

As a job seeker you are looking to make a good impression on your future boss. You would be willing to say and do whatever it takes to land your dream job. But things don’t always go the way you planned it. There are things and words that you end up saying that can cost you your dream job.

What are the common mistakes that job seekers make?

There are several factors as to why you cannot land your dream job. Here are some of the biggest mistakes that you can make during a job interview:

Undervaluing Your Skills

Not knowing your value can be detrimental to your career. If you feel and think that your skills are an asset to a company, you should market yourself well to your possible employer. The law of supply and demand dictates the price down. If the supply for the talent and skills that you have is low, you are in a better position to get a higher salary and benefits compared to a highly competitive talent pool. To fully understand your value, research about the salary and job requirements of the job you are applying for. You can find out if the skills and talent you have are unique.

Trying Too Hard

Trying too hard shows that you are desperate and have no other options you will come off as untalented and unconfident. Employers do not want unconfident and desperate employees. Show your future employer that you are confident in your skills and talent, and what you can offer them when you are hired.

Negotiating Salary Sooner

One of the biggest mistakes of job seekers is that they are too aggressive about negotiating their price. You will eliminate yourself from the shortlist right away if you press for the salary during the job interview before you are asked. Unless a certain job offer is given, negotiating benefits, salary, work location, and others will leave a bad impression on your future employer.

Not Asking for Help and Advice

Many job seekers try to find work on their own. They apply for jobs online and visit companies, but little do they know these take a lot of time and effort. You can shorten the waiting time for a job offer by tapping into your connections and network. Attend social meetings of alumni from your school or reconnect with former colleagues. These connections and networks will help you get a foot in the door, and makes finding a job faster and easier. You can also ask help from your parents, they can help you get a good job through their network.

Lack of Perseverance

Getting a job takes time, a lot of time. You will need to be patient to get the job that is related to your skills and talent. Approach each day with a sense of urgency rather than approaching it lackadaisically to get a job as soon as you graduate from college or when your current job ends. It is best to actively look for a job immediately so that you will not wait long to get back to work.

Taking the Easy Way Out

It is so much easier to send mails or apply online for a job. But most job seekers do not realize is that talking to someone is more effective than sending an online application. Applying online is the easy way out, you can find a job faster and more effectively if you walk in and apply for a job. Face to face interviews and talks show that you have confidence in your skills and what you have to offer for your future employer.

These are some of the biggest mistakes that job seekers make that prevent them from getting hired. Look through this list and find out if you are making them. Correct the habits as soon as possible to end your unemployment.


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