With great jobs come great competition. And, great jobs are already scarce. So, we’re here to help you avoid any unnecessary mistakes that could cost you a possible opportunity!
Here are ten mistakes that you should avoid during your job search.
Don’t Make These 10 Job Search Mistakes at Each Stage of Job Search Process
Before the Job Application Stage
Not building your network
People do business with people they like, and often hire them too. This is why building your network is possibly the most effective way to advance your career. Start by expanding your circle – attend networking events, play sports, or ask your existing connections for referrals. Take it one step further by investing in your network – invite them for events, share important news, and make time to meet them personally.
Not knowing your value
It’s important to know your market value to ensure you don’t get the short end of the stick. Moreover, possessing the knowledge exemplifies a front that you’re updated on current affairs, which adds value to your application. Companies like Payscale and Glassdoor provide a gauge of what you should be paid. ExecBoardinAsia also provides a highly detailed personalised salary evaluation service.
During the Job Application Stage
Not polishing your CV
Your CV will form your potential employers’ impression of you, and it can often determine whether you’ll get the opportunity to be interviewed. Therefore, it is important to keep your CV updated and optimized for your application.
If you are not sure where to begin, fret not. ExecBoardinAsia provides CV writing services to help you create an effective resume that is aligned with your career objectives in Asia.
Not doing your homework
Research, research, research! Being well informed about a company, role, and interviewer shows that you invested time and effort in finding out more about them, and have a genuine interest in working in their company. Your research will inevitably uncover potential discussion topics and opportunities to present yourself positively.
Not practicing for your interview
It’s not unusual to be nervous during interviews. You’re promoting yourself to a panel of judges who will decide whether you’ll be hired!
“How do I sound?”
“Am I talking too much?”
“What if they reject me?”
When these concerns cloud your thoughts, it can feel like there is little or no room to think on your feet. A great way to overcome this feeling is to rehearse or sign up for our interview preparation coaching. Don’t let your nerves hinder you from securing your dream job.
During the Job Interview Stage
Not coming prepared.
Failing to bring simple items like copies of your CV and a notebook can present you in a poor light. If you’re afraid you might forget them, keep these items in your bag the night before your interview. Then you can get that all-important good-night-sleep with a peace of mind.
Not dressing appropriately
As the saying goes, you are what you wear. Dressing inappropriately exhibits unprofessionalism. Before your interview, find out what people in your chosen line of work wear and use that as a guide. Show that you value the opportunity to work in the company by looking the part.
Trashing your previous job
Don’t do it. It does not benefit you in any way. Speaking negatively about your workplace, colleagues or boss presents you in a bad light. It gives a perception that you do not know how to learn from a bad situation. Instead of criticizing your previous workplace, communicate what you’re looking for in your new environment.
Not taking notes during the interview
Show that you are engaged and interested, and show that you value what is being shared with you by writing it down. This information will be very valuable at the next stage of the interview process. For instance, you could say things like “during my previous interview, I was told that…”. This helps to give credibility to your name.
After the Job Interview Stage
Forgetting to follow up
Sometimes, your employer is torn between you and another candidate. You may be wondering what you can do to have an edge over candidates? – Try sending a simple thank you email, reaffirming your interest. Surprisingly few candidates practice this and it might be enough to tilt the scales in your favour.
Here’s to Your Future Interview Success!
Congratulations! You’ve avoided 10 common job-search mistakes! Ready to find your next opportunity? Dive into a pool of 12,000+ top executive positions in Asia at ExecBoardinAsia.
Your Career Management Experts,