Five ways you’re sabotaging your job search success

 

Let’s say you’ve been
looking through all the vacancies Jobstoday
has to offer and despite applying for almost all of them, you’re just
not getting anywhere. It probably isn’t because there’s no job out
there for you, it’s because you haven’t found it yet and you’re
sabotaging your job search success.

Not tailoring your
cover letter
You can probably get
away with a generic CV but your cover letter is where you should be
tailoring your skills and experience to the job in
question.

Talk about how your
fantastic communication skills relate to the customers you’ll be
speaking to in that retail role. Or how your experience with social
media can help when it comes to a position with a digital marketing
agency, this even counts when pitching to brands through Blogging – talk about how you can help, what you have to offer and why you are different to all the other blogs out there.  Sell yourself and make yourself standout and shine!

Your social media
lets you down
If someone likes your
CV, the first thing they’re going to do before they invite you in for
an interview is Google you and it’s most likely to be your social
channels that come up first.
 

Make sure there’s
nothing you’ll regret on those social channels. If
you’re worried about what potential employers are seeing, make all
your social profiles private. The other option is to keep your
opinions to yourself and make sure there aren’t too many photos of
you getting drunk out there on the internet.

Not all employers will
care about this but it’s best to be better safe than sorry.

You’re not showing
off your achievements
Instead of simply
listing the things you’ve done in your career this far, remember to
show off your achievements in both your CV and cover letter. Did you
increase conversion through clever website copy? Did you help to
build one of the most impressive buildings in your city? If yes,
shout about it.

Not trying anything
new
So, you’ve applied for
20 very similar jobs but you’ve not heard anything from those
employers. Perhaps it’s time to try something new or maybe even start
applying for different jobs.

Don’t get stuck in a
rut. Mix up your CV, create a website that acts as an online
portfolio or perhaps even consider a video CV. These things can make
you stand out over other candidates and will at least get you looked
at when an employer is faced with a very large pile of CVs.

Not looking in the
right places
Your first stop should
be job sites, these are the easiest ways to find a lot of jobs in
your area and to apply for them en masse. However, not all businesses
have the time to sign up to job sites and for the smaller ones, it
isn’t always necessary.

If there are some
companies you’d love to work for, check their websites as they might
list their vacancies on a careers page before they even hit the
mainstream sites.

Similarly, if you have
a particular speciality, it might be worth looking at websites and
agencies that deal with your industry alone.

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