5 Best and Worst Practices While Looking for A Job

5 Best and Worst Practices While Looking for A Job
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Finding a fulfilling and promising job is one of the crucial hurdles everyone has to go through. Even though the internet has opened up a world of possibility for the job seekers, they still grapple with multiple options.

There are parameters that the jobseekers have to check before landing a job that fits their area of expertise. Now while many people apply for jobs every day, barely a handful of them know the right practices or the mistakes.

So let’s shed light on those practices to help them land a fulfilling job.

1. Try to decipher your skillsets and how you can use it

It’s common for many people to begin job-hunting by looking at the job titles that sound similar to their career goals. While some may find success with this method, but applicants should pay attention to the required skills of a position instead.

This way, the jobseekers will be able to better decipher the skillsets they are already equipped with, and land the jobs that best match their experiences.

Also, since job titles keep evolving, emphasizing the required skills of a position can lead you to discover other job titles that you are not aware of.

2.  Learn to narrow down your options to apply for the best one

Instead of applying to every other job opening you come across, it’s best to keep your search focused and opt for the ones that perfectly align with your skill sets and career objectives.

In order to gain a little perspective on whether a job is right for you or not, you can perform a background check on the company to understand its core values and also the feedback from the employees.

You can also ask people within your own network if they know someone who has worked for that particular company and can share his or her insight into the work culture of the organization.

3. Make sure to carry on with your search regularly

When it comes to job-hunting, you should ensure that it’s a part of your daily agenda. While you go through the process of finding a job, you should maintain a certain level of consistency.

This means not missing out any opportunity to build your network, applying for a suitable job, going for a job interview, conducting research on prospective employers, maintaining a steady connection with the people in your network, seeking advice from a mentor or former professor, learning a new skill, updating your resume etc.

4. Save or print the best job listings for future references

Even after you have applied for a particular job, you should still keep a copy of the job description or the list of requirements in order to refer to it in the future.

Since many employers choose to remove a position once they’ve received enough applications for it, that’s why saving the requirements of the job can help you to be better prepared for an interview when you want to take a look at the qualifications required.

5. Always prepare yourself thoroughly for the interview

There can be nothing worse than going for job interview underprepared when you’re trying to land a job. So it’d be wise to talk to the company’s HR about what to expect in a job interview.

Also, you can try rehearsing the most common questions asked on job interviews, and use your own experiences and incidents to illustrate your points.

Conduct research on the employer and the particular industry the company belongs to. Don’t forget to mention the information you’ve gathered during the interview.

Now that you are familiar with all the best practices on job hunting, let’s get you acquainted with some of most prevalent mistakes that you shouldn’t commit.

1. Repeating the statements of your resume in your cover letter

Let’s start with an interesting trivia, did you know that most organization today judges the credibility of the applicants through their cover letters? That’s why your cover letter should never come across like a copy of your resume.

The cover letter should be presented in such a manner that it reflects clear background information about yourself and why you are a perfect candidate for a specific job title.

The cover letter should also possess a call to action like, “I look forward to your response”, and so the employer can understand that how eager you are to work for them.

Even if a job description doesn’t require you to prepare a cover letter, send one anyway. You never know, this may go down well with the prospective employer and provide you with a competitive edge over the rest of the candidates.

2. Not having a proper online presence

With the emergence of the internet, applying for a job has gotten a whole lot easier, but on the flipside, you also have to maintain a prominent presence on the internet to receive promising opportunities.

It’s likely that the recruiting managers will do a background check on you via Google, and the only thing worse than finding your embarrassing pictures online is finding nothing at all.

So it’s imperative that every job seeker should have a precisely updated LinkedIn profile with a number of connections and maybe even a handful of recommendations.

3. Having a resume filled with grammatical and typo errors

Your endeavor should always be to show that you really want the job. In order to do so, you must send your prospective employers an error-free resume.

There are many free resources and tools which can assist you to rectify your typos and grammatical errors so that you can leave a lasting impression on the employer’s mind.

Additionally, you can ask a friend, or acquaintance, or your professor to go through your CV or resume if you are unsure of your writing skills. You can also attend free workshops  or watch video tutorials that provide guidance on resume writing skills.

4. Loading up your resume with too many details

Presenting an objective on a resume doesn’t work unless you are writing about something you have to offer to your prospective employer. Ideally, your resume should be focused on how you can contribute to the organization that you have applied to, not what you look for in a job.

Also, including 20 years of work history, like the date of graduation from your high school, or the things you do for fun, is completely unnecessary.

The employers are likely to have only a few seconds to spare while going through your resume. Hence, in order to create a positive impact, you need to make your resume is relevant.

5. Not being honest with the information

You wouldn’t want the foundation of your career to be built on lies. That’s why you should always maintain absolute honesty while writing the job application, resume, and also while appearing for the interview.

Making up stories about your specific abilities and experiences may seem the most convenient thing to do when you are eager to get a job. But it can backfire anytime.

So as you go about searching for a suitable job, keeping these tips and ideas in mind will certainly get you far.

Author: Patrick Austin

Patrick Austin is an academician and a guest lecturer in a reputed university in Canada. He has acquired his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Melbourne. In his decade-long career, he has been associated with many schools as a career counsellor. He has also been part of My Assignment Help as an essay writer. View all posts by Patrick Austin