In last week’s blog, we offered up some of our strongest suggestions for how job seekers can make themselves stand out from all other applicants. Among them were to do research on the companies you apply to, to showcase your personality in your cover letter and to demonstrate a genuine interest in the company’s mission statement.
As you can imagine, there are many more important steps to take in order to separate yourself from the pack. However, there are also many missteps you’ll want to be sure to avoid when on the hunt for a lucrative career opportunity. In today’s blog, we’ll focus on what not to do during your job search.
Not proofread your cover letter and resume.
Keep in mind that your cover letter and resume are the two first things the vast majority of recruiters will use to get to know you. If there is clear evidence you’re unable to pay attention to detail on either of these two documents, you’re not likely to be called in for an interview. Spelling and grammatical errors are pretty much unacceptable. Not being able to knock this first stage of the hiring process out of the park is a huge fail.
“If you submit a job application with a typo, it can knock you out of contention for a job,” warns Alison Doyle on TheBalanceCareers.com, “This means writing in full sentences, and checking spelling and grammar. Always, always triple-check the spelling of company and contact names, too — those mistakes are particularly eye-catching.”
Come off as arrogant.
Being humble is an excellent character trait. Last week, we championed the act of showcasing your personality in both your cover letter and your face-to-face job interview. Naturally, it’s wise to display your confidence and enthusiasm. However, you never want to come off as arrogant. Remember that employers are highly interested in adding talented individuals to the fold who will mesh well with their current employees. A person who appears to be full of himself/herself will not be deemed a good fit for any work environment.
“Don’t be arrogant,” insists Vivian Giang on BusinessInsider.com, “In fact, it works in your favour to be humble. In his book, (How To Prolong Your Job Search: A Humorous Guide to the Pitfalls of Resume Writing, Peter S. Herzog) referred to a candidate who wrote that the recruiter will ‘surely want to learn more’ about him after reviewing his resume. This kind of language is arrogant and cocky and no one should have this kind of cover letter.”
Forget your employment history.
One of the most obvious pieces of information required of you, during your job search, is your employment history. If you’re not accurate in your accounts of your work experience, the presentation of your cover letter and resume may come off as disingenuous.
“When you apply for jobs, whether it’s online or in-person, employers expect you to know your employment history, including dates of employment, job titles, and company information for each job you’ve held,” informs Doyle.