If you're reading this article, we agree on one thing:
You're very stressed because you spend too much time searching for a new job with no result.
You want to get more interviews and job offers.
Have you seen the number of laid-off employees during the last year after the spread of Coronavirus?
Therefore, in today's job market, where almost everyone has bachelor's degrees and online job portals are available for millions worldwide, the modern job seeker must exert more effort to get noticed.
I'm sure you've done this:
- Drjobpro.com -Check
- LinkedIn.com – Check
(The list is endless)
Find a job, Apply, find a job, Apply, and so on.
Guess what? Every job seeker does this.
And how can a recruiter select the perfect candidate when he feels like the same application (resume & cover letter) is just copied and pasted thousands of times?
So, there are 5 mistakes; by fixing them, you give the recruiters no options except inviting you for the interview.
Today, I will share my secret sauce for success in getting more interviews and job offers.
Mistake #1: Grammatical and Spelling Mistakes
Do you know what the hiring manager will feel while reading that you're a "Content Writter"?
Yes, exactly like how do you feel now.
Will he hire a person to write perfect content while he/she cannot write his/her resume?
- Mistakes like this will cost you a job because they convey that the person,
- Doesn't pay attention to the details (which is a critical soft skill in almost all positions)
- Doesn't exert sufficient effort to build his resume (this shows that he/she will not commit his responsibilities)
- These mistakes rank down the resume on the applicant tracking system, and this will lead to losing many job interviews.
How to fix it?
Proofread your resume yourself. You can also use proofreading tools like Grammarly to make sure that your resume is error-free.
A fresh set of eyes will be helpful so you can ask a friend to check If there are any grammatical and spelling mistakes in your resume.
Pro tip: Try to make "proofreading" one of your skills by reading each piece of content on social media, such as posts, images, stories, etc., carefully. This will help you to detect errors easily and avoid them while writing any content.
Mistake#2: Using a Generic Job Application (Resume & Cover Letter)
Today, everyone can Google using keywords like "Accountant resume template," "Engineer cover letter," etc., and he will get thousands if not millions of templates. The surprise is that almost all job seekers use the same templates while applying for a job; every resume starts with "I'm looking for an opportunity to utilize my skills."
Recruiters feel very frustrated while reading the same resume content tens, if not hundreds of times. They are 'not able to determine who is really the perfect fit.
How to fix it?
A perfect strategy is to carefully read the job ad and insert the keywords into your resume. Recruiters, whether human or robot, look first for the keywords.
Using keywords reflect that you've done your homework reading the job ad and being aware of the latest trends in the industry, so you'll be a good candidate.
Pro tip: Skip buzzwords like "I can work in a team," "I can work under stress," and quantify your achievements. Numbers are a great way to stand out among others.
Mistake #3: Sending Job Applications & Waiting for Replies
Many job seekers think that by clicking "Submit" to send their application, they have applied for a job and wait for days, weeks, and months to get a reply (Most of the time, they receive nothing but "silence").
Clicking "Apply" is like placing your resume on a recruiter's desk, where he will receive hundreds of resumes a few seconds later. By simply waiting for him to find your application independently, you risk the chance that he will never check your application among the first applicants.
How to fix it?
To get noticed by recruiters, you can utilize the advantage of LinkedIn and email messages. Send a short note for the recruiter introducing yourself and mentioning that you're interested in the position and you've sent your resume, and you'll be pleased if you receive an interview invitation.
Here's a sample message:
I hope you're doing well! I recently applied for a content manager position at your company and would be grateful for the opportunity to interview with you. I have over [number] years of leadership experience, have managed various projects throughout my career, and honestly believe that I would be an asset to your team. Please let me know if you'd be open to discussing the position with me in more detail.
Thanks in advance for your time and consideration,
To avoid being an "annoying" candidate, you've to follow up one time only. This shows that you're interested and will tease the recruiter to check your resume.
Mistake#4: Keeping Searching for A New Job a Secret
Some job seekers prefer not to spread the word when it comes to looking for a new job. Unfortunately, if you stick to keeping it secret, you'll never get a job, or you'll get typical jobs. Today, we live in the "networking" era where everything can be done through your networks. It's the new version of "Nepotism."
So, spreading the word earlier will boost your chances of getting job interviews. Especially if people recommend you for "hidden jobs."
Know more about the "hidden job market"!
Don't know how to build a robust professional network? Read this!
How to fix it?
Before reaching people out to recommend you, read more about their companies, positions, and understand how they can help you. You can reach many employees in the company, not only the recruiters. For example, you can contact a manager in your department, ask him if he can recommend you, or inform you if there's any available opportunity in his department. Sometimes, the manager decided to replace an employee, but they wait until they find a suitable one (Who knows? You may be this suitable one).
Mistake#5: Applying for Jobs Randomly
Job seekers have a conventional view that the more job applications they submit, the more interview invitations they will receive.
This rule is false. Quantity preferences will never offer you positive outcomes in return. You have to choose quality over quantity instead of randomly searching for and applying for job openings.
It's profitable to invest time and effort in finding positions that meet your qualifications, knowledge, and experience.
How to fix it?
The perfect strategy for searching for a job is to search for positions related to your abilities, experience, and skills. Other factors, such as a corporation, work position, skillset, and location, should also be considered during job hunting.
By filtering your needs, you'll exert less effort and achieve more results.
You should focus only on the relevant jobs and try to reach recruiters in your target companies. Set your goals, optimize your career search, and get the results you desire.