Resumes, cover letters, interviews, oh my! Job searching can be challenging. There are a lot of things you need to do to ensure you land the job that's right for you. From ensuring your resume is concise yet descriptive and your social media profiles are job search appropriate to prepping for interviews and thinking about negotiations. However, there are also things you should NOT do while job searching. Certain habits or instances can turn hiring managers off, making it even harder for you to land your dream job.
Below, we've listed 5 things not to do if you want to get hired. Avoid these few things and you'll be well on your way to finding your next career!
1. You're only applying online
Job boards are a great resource for finding a job, but it's also a good idea to extend yourself a bit and think outside of the box. A great place to start? LinkedIn. Once you've applied for a job online, head over to LinkedIn and see if you have any connections in common at the company you applied to. Also think about your personal connections. Do you know anyone who is in the same industry, or know of a friend of a friend you may be connected to? Don't be afraid to reach out and ask for a few favors. Once you land the job, you can always return the favor!
2. You're not networking
Aside from asking your personal network for recommendations or connections, you should also be attending industry meet-ups or conferences. Getting yourself out in the company of like-minded professionals will boost your confidence, allow you to mingle with the right people, and hopefully help you get a job. Check out sites like meetup.com to see if there are any upcoming events in your area.
3. You're setting your sights too low
While landing a job may be crucial at this time, it doesn't mean you should compromise yourself. If you're applying for jobs that seem like an easy get, but in reality you're way over qualified, it isn't helping you or the hiring managers. Make sure that you're applying to jobs that you actually want and will actually challenge you.
5. You forgot to follow up
So you had the interview, it went really well, it's a job you are excited about, and you think you might get it. But you forgot to follow up. Don't! Ensure that every time you have an interview, be it a phone call, video interview, or in person interview that you are following up with a thank you email. This shows that your level of interest is real and gives you another chance to make a good and lasting impression.
4. You've lost your confidence
When searching for a job, you have to be your own champion. Chin up! It's a tough thing to do, especially if you've been at it for a while. But always remember to believe in yourself and your abilities, that confidence is seen by anyone you interact with while searching for a job. Don't let the search get you down, you've got this!