You hate your job or just want to window shop for new opportunities after a bad day at work has you thinking of leaving. Before going head-first into a job search and applying for anything you see online, learn the 5 common mistakes new job seekers always seem to make. We have found at Find My Profession that these mistakes are not exclusive to entry-level job seekers.
5. Not deciding on what you want first
There are times in a career when everyone flirts with the idea of relocating for a job. You may come across a job located in a coastal city, located on the beach, and filled with perks. In addition, you can do the job better than anyone.
The only problem is that you have to relocate 5000 miles away! In the spur of the moment, this may sound like a good idea and you apply thinking, “Why not?”
The next thing you know you get called for an interview! They are serious about hiring you! Things get real and you suddenly have major work-life choices to make. You had not planned ahead and it is all too much to handle. Ultimately, since you do not know what you want to do today, you run the risk of ruining a good opportunity because you started applying before you knew what you wanted.
4. Only applying based on job title
Job titles are interchangeable. Companies often use job titles like Project Manager, Customer Success Manager, Regional Sales Director etc.
If you do a job search by job title alone you will find thousands of results, all with different job descriptions and industries. A Project Manager in a tech company will differ from a Project Manager in an advertising agency.
If your approach is to apply based on job title alone you will waste time and energy while possibly annoying people in companies you hope to one day work for.
3. Using the same resume for everything
Tailored resumes used to apply for quality, targeted jobs always work best when it comes to applying online. No person in charge of hiring, reading your application on the opposite end of the screen, will figure out why you applied. As a job seeker, you are seeking an appointment from the company. A hiring manager will not stop to think about the exact reasons you applied.
2. Applying for jobs beneath your salary range
Much like making the mistake with job titles, the job description, industry, and company will determine your salary range. If you aim to find work in a new industry expecting the same pay rate from your old industry, you might get many interviews that die the minute you find out it pays significantly less than your old job. Do your research on Glassdoor and LinkedIn to find out the salary range for the job you want.
1. Thinking you can play the numbers when it comes to applying online
So many new job seekers, both entry-level and senior, start out their job search with the belief, “All I have to do is apply for everything at my favorite companies. The more I apply, the more I will get job interviews.”
Not only is this approach a waste of time, you run the risk of upsetting the people who work at the company, and earning a reputation as a “spammer”, someone who lacks better judgment, or a person who is unaware that real people deal with online applications. In fact, most of the people who deal with online applications can be found on LinkedIn. Recruiters, alone, make up over 1 million people in their database.
Forgetting that there are real human beings behind an online application is easy. But if you think spamming a company with your resume is a way to get a job interview.