The second you send your job application, you often realize that you’ve made a huge mistake: you’ve addressed the cover letter to Mr. Alex Dunphy only to realize that Alex is a woman, or you’ve sent your application without attaching your résumé or, worse, you’ve sent out the old version.
There are times where we think we’re doing everything right but, in fact, do so many things wrong. There are so many popular job search techniques, techniques that are purposefully employed because they are believed to work well when, in reality, don’t.
If you want to improve your chances on securing that dream job of yours, make sure to avoid the following job search techniques.
1. Applying to as Many Jobs as You Can
I’m sure you believe that the more résumés you send out, the more answers you’ll get back, right? Well, that’s not always the case. If you are sending your résumé to hundreds of job positions, it probably means that you’re not taking enough time to thoroughly research the position or company you are applying to. Remember, you need to modify each application to better match each company’s standards.
Yes, this may be a more demanding and time-consuming approach, but your chances of securing a job interview will drastically increase.
2. Having Unrealistic Job Expectations
Don’t get me wrong, everyone should apply to positions that might be just a little bit out of their league. It’s always a good thing to have career goals and – who knows? –you might be more skilled than you think.
But you should also try to be realistic. You can’t just apply for an executive job with only two years of experience just because you think it’s cool. Don’t waste your time, and just concentrate on the right jobs.
3. Sending Unsolicited Résumés
We all have our dream companies. Meeting with those who work there and networking with them at professional events is something that all professionals should do at some point in their career. However, sending them your résumé without it being requested and begging them to find you a position you’d be a good fit for is something that just does not work at all.
This can be interpreted as asking your new networking buddy to do all the work for you. Instead, what you can do is ask them for advice before applying. If they do offer themselves to forward your résumé, then it’s okay to accept this. You could also apply normally for the job position and just let them know – if they are willing to help, they’ll do so.
4. Applying ASAP
So, you are now searching for available job positions at the companies of your dreams, and one of them has just posted a vacancy that’s in perfect alignment with your skills and knowledge. You gather up everything as fast as possible and hit “Send” – after all, you want to be the first application the hiring manager receives so that they won’t need to review other applications and just hire you right on the spot.
Not to rain on your parade, but this rarely ever happens. When you get excited about something, it is very easy to make mistakes or even submit an incomplete application. So, it’s better to give it a day or two and make sure that everything is in order. A first-class application will definitely be better than a prompt yet incomplete application.