Applying for jobs can become a stressful task, but thankfully, there are a few things you can avoid to ensure that you make a good impression with a potential employer.
Here a few mistakes to avoid when applying for jobs:
Don't lie about your experiences and past jobs. Many employers conduct credit- and background checks. If you lie, this will make you appear as untrustworthy and the employer may not consider you for the job.
Be honest; tell the interviewer whether you’ve had any experiences in the past that may influence your chances of employment.
Don't be lazy
If you want to create a good impression, you need to let the person reading your CV know that you’ve done your homework. Each time you apply for a job, update your CV so that it suits the job application.
Be on time for your interview and show interest in what is being asked of you or offered to you.
Don't include unnecessary information
When you list your personal information, your potential employers only need to know your ID number, contact details and (sometimes) whether or not you can drive.
You don’t need to include other personal information, like the religion you practice for example, unless otherwise specified to do so.
Don't skip the details
Although you shouldn't include what isn't relevant, you should still make sure that what is important is mentioned.
You may have prepared a good CV for your job application but when you email your CV or apply online, your CV can be rejected. Make sure that you introduce yourself in the email by telling the person who you are and what job you’re applying for.
The person reading your email may have 100 other messages to read so ensure that your email is detailed and stands out.
Don't forget to read
When you write your objective line at the top of your CV, remember to read the job advertisement first.
For instance, if the employer asks for someone who is “hard-working” make sure you mention this. It will likely capture their attention first as they know what they're looking for.
Don't dress inappropriately
When you have a job interview, dress appropriately. Wear sensible shoes and clothes that are clean and ironed. First impressions count, so it will help to look professional.
Don't be afraid to follow up
If you have sent your CV or gone for a job interview, you can follow up after a week or so.
Following up will show that you’re interested and it makes you stand out. However, don't pester the employer by following up too soon or sending more than email at a time.
Don't be negative
During your job interview, ensure that you do not gossip about former employers or people you've worked with, and especially, do not argue with the interviewer.
Don't forget to watch your phone
If you are applying for a job, make sure you have provided the correct contact details and that you answer your phone. It's beneficial if potential employers can get a hold of you, otherwise the opportunity may pass you by and go to the next person.
Following these tips won’t necessarily get you a job, but they could help improve your chances. Remember, each job is different so make sure you do your research before you apply for the job you're aiming for.