Are you a young professional looking for a first job? The first attempt is the start of quite an adventure in reaching your goal of entering professional life.
As a newbie, it’s easy to make a few mistakes here and there that could slow down your ability to find work.
To get off to a successful start, here are some entry-level job search mistakes to avoid:
Relying too much on the internet
Lots of people do their job searches on the internet, and that’s perfectly fine!
Many employers post job vacancies on their websites, social media accounts, or on job boards such as Glassdoor, Indeed, and LinkedIn. In addition, many employers ask applicants to submit their cover letters and résumé online.
The internet can only get you so far, however, and the most successful job seekers conduct a balanced job search that involves building your personal brand and networking.
Applying for every job you find online is not a recipe for success. Use the internet as a resource, but don’t base your entire job search strategy on searching online.
Failure to prepare a targeted resume and cover letter
Another mistake many young professionals make is using the same resume and cover letter (with only minor changes) for each application.
Every job opportunity is unique and deserves its own targeted resume and disruptive cover letter.
Each resume should be tailored to the position you are applying for and include the skills and accomplishments that are most relevant to the job posting and how they feel connected to the company’s culture and mission.
Confused? These FREE resources could help!
- Template for cover letter
- Guide to mistakes in the résumé
Forgetting to prepare for the interview
Developing a casual attitude towards job interviews is a common mistake made by young professionals. Of course, if you’ve never been on one, it’s hard to know what to expect. And although you shouldn’t bite off all your fingernails before your first interview, you should take it seriously as it usually exceeds or falls short of your chances of being hired. So how can you prepare?
A great way is to find a list of frequently asked interview questions online, and then set up a bogus interview where a friend pretends to be the employer and asks you those questions. This gives you a chance to come up with great answers that you can be proud of in your interview.
Conducting a successful job search takes practice. And practice makes perfect, as is well known. So, if you keep your overall career goals in mind as you work out the nuances listed above, your practice could bring you the perfect job of your dreams.
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