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Searching for a job is difficult: it takes time and effort. Look out for these eight mistakes in finding a job and you will have a better chance to succeed!
People who do not know what they want to do for a living apply in positions that attract the most applicants because they think that popularity equals to a good workplace. They do not necessarily have their heart out, and that can be one reason why they do not get noticed in the recruitment process. Recruiters are pretty good in spotting candidates’ motivation. If you send the same application to everywhere, it does not feel like you are especially interested in the certain position you are applying for.
The given time line to apply for a job might be two months, but that does not mean that applications are not read before the end of that period. Therefore, do not wait for too long; apply as soon as possible!
If you do not already have an email address that is a form of first name.lastame(at)x.com, it is time to get one. Catgirl97(at)gmail.com might work for emails between friends, but it is not appropriate for job hunting. Keep it professional!
One surprisingly common mistake is that applicant’s contact information include spelling mistakes. Check that you have written your email address and other information correctly. Make sure that there are no other spelling mistakes either in your CV or application. It is better to ask your friend to proofread them for you because it is difficult to spot your own mistakes when you have been working on your application for some time.
It is evident that you might need to apply for several jobs to get the one, but you should still be able to keep track of where you have applied. Always get to know the company before sending an application. Why is this important? Not just because it allows you to edit your application but also because of what might happen afterwards. What if suddenly one of the companies you have applied for calls you and asks “What was it that interested you mostly in this job?” If you cannot in that moment remember anything about that job, you might have a problem. Just remember that for unexpected phone interviews you have no time to prepare, so do it already when you are applying.
Even though you should apply for only jobs you are interested in, only devoting time and energy to one opportunity might be a mistake. That job may seem perfect for you and you think you have what it takes. Still be prepared that you are not the only one who is feeling the same. Especially when applying for certain summer jobs (for example in Finland) there can be hundreds of job candidates so do not put all your eggs in one basket. It is much safer to apply for several positions.
It is not self-evident that you get invited to an interview but when you do, now it is your time to shine! One common mistake is not to practice before the interview and another is not to study anything about the company in advance. When your interviewer asks you what did you think of their new brand image, and you have no idea what is he talking about, you may ruin your chances.
It is a good idea to practice for the interview and show that you are confident. Remember still to be likable and humble. Recruiters appreciate an applicant who realizes its own shortcomings and is working on to fix them. If you are asked about your weaknesses, do not tell that you do not have any. Everyone has some so be prepared to give a proper answer. NB! Your weakness should not be too severe, but just something that is fixable, and you are currently trying to improve.
One common mistake is to talk too much and too long. Keep your answers short enough but of course answer to the question with more than one word. Normally it is neither a good idea that you are the only one talking in the interview. The best interviews are more like discussions between candidate and recruiter.