We’ve all been at that point in life (some of us are probably there right now), where we send out our resumes and job applications to more companies than we’d like to keep count of. Give it a few weeks and you don’t even remember where you applied for which job, even though at one point you would’ve sold your soul for that job.
A major part of this can be blamed on the fact that the company never really makes that precious call you keep waiting for. But, have you ever thought, why?
Look into thy collar, and you’ll find what you’re doing wrong, like these five things for instance.
… and it didn’t come through. It just beats us why you would want to pull off a stunt like this in the first place, anyway. It is understandable that lying becomes a tempting prospect in a desperate attempt to look good or create a strong impression. But, always remember that the prospective company WILL verify. Also once a liar, always a liar, or that is what the common belief will be once you’re caught. It doesn’t sound like a great plan to create goodwill as a professional.
That’s it. Plain and simple. You may think that education hardly matters when you have the talent and the zest to learn. But, let’s face it, this is no Suits and you’re no Mike Ross. A major area where this situation stems from is the lack of research about the company’s needs; or, an inexplicable need to push your luck anyway. If the job description clearly states that they’re looking for someone with over three years of experience and you’re just out of college and planning to apply, the only thing you’re proving is that you can’t comprehend a simple clear statement.
You lacked research
There is nothing as horribly appalling as not knowing anything beyond the prospective company’s name and address. Every company needs to know if the employees they’re hiring are on the same page as them in terms of vision, requirements and objectives. And if you’re someone who doesn’t even know what the company wants, you might as well forget about any phone calls regarding a job offer. Mind you, we do know of a few blokes who, more often than not, don’t even know the name of the company they’ve applied to.
The resume lacks proper format
By now you already know that your resume is like your blurb, it speaks volumes when you directly can’t. So, by that logic, a smartly done resume means a smart person. Therefore, you have to make sure that EVERYTHING is perfect and snazzy. And most importantly, check the formatting. Keep the redundant matter out. There’s nothing more annoying than a resume that feels like a rollercoaster ride- and not in a good way.
You were late
It’s not so much about punctuality (which is equally important, by the way) as much as it is about being ahead of the rat race. You should know that any decent firm receives more than five hundred resumes on a daily basis. On any day, there’s a high chance that yours could be the five hundred and first resume, which is also the one that never sees the light of the day. Therefore, a bit of cleverness is required. Check when the posting was put up on the internet. Have there been any changes or updates? This, obviously requires you to check the internet, the newspapers or whatever media your choice of media, every morning. But hey, that’s how this game is best played.
Agreed, that finding the perfect job is difficult bordering on impossible. But, if you play your cards right and take the efforts to put yourself out there, nothing will stop that life-changing phone call from happening.
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Mark Montoya has been working in personal branding for more than a decade for hundreds of online and offline companies, small businesses and individual service professionals. His focus has been toward improving the way jobseekers find employment on the Internet. He has synthesized his expertise by helping job seekers obtain their ideal choice of employment over the Internet on his sites MyOnlineCareerSpace.com and MyOnlineCareerCoach.com, and through his books 101 Tips Every Job Seeker Should Know and The Ultimate Online Job Search eBook.
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