Each year brings new trends in the way we seek jobs, interview, and write resumes. If you are an executive on the job hunt in 2018, here are five things you want to avoid doing. Not doing these things will improve your chances towards getting hired quickly.
1. Failing to be your own champion
Confidence is the name of the game in 2018! If you stop believing in yourself or start making irrational decisions out of fear, you will not find any measure of success that will save you from your lack of confidence.
When we become less confident and fearful we start to send out an energy in interviews that one is simply not ready to be a leader. Some of the things people do when they are lacking confidence in their actions:
- Applying for every job they find online
- Redo their resumes every week because they do not think it looks good
- Contact people asking for help in a desperate manner
- Rushing into decisions about jobs to accept or career choices
- Following up too much after interviews and scaring people away
The important thing to do is work “smarter”. Get advice from people with proven success. Keep your chin up and never see the status of “job seeker” as something that makes you inferior. We all were job seekers at one point.
2. Limiting yourself in your job search
There is “spraying and praying” your resume everywhere...and then there is doing way too little. As you search for jobs, do not search by “job title” alone. Companies change job titles all the time. Many times for the purpose of onboarding new staff.
Dig deeper into your job search and carefully read the job descriptions. Search by companies you wish to work for and review their career sections. Just do not limit yourself by “job title” searches alone. Over the last decade, new job titles popped up like Chief Storyteller or Customer Success Director; fancy job titles for Head Content Creator and Sales Account Director or more. The point is...look deeper than job titles.
3. Not researching companies before you apply
Do your homework on the company and come up with an answer. If you do not want to work at a company, by all means, never take a job for the money. You and your career will end up paying for it one day. And the last thing you should do is waste a company’s time if you are not interested.
4. Failing to follow up
Following up at the right time after a job interview leaves you with one more chance to make a good impression. The worst thing you can do, more than following up too much, is not follow up at all. People who interview you will want to feel appreciated for the time they spent with you. You also get the chance to mention anything you feel you had forgotten.
5. Bringing up your age
Ageism and Age Discrimination is a horrible thing. But it still exists in many companies and in some companies it clearly does not.
So, the fact that you mentioned age in an interview may leave hiring managers with a sense that you doubt yourself. This applies to anyone regardless of his or her age. Do not give anyone a reason to doubt your confidence. You want to be hired for your skills and qualifications. You are not going to get hired for your age, alone.
Unfortunately, Age Discrimination (or discussions about it) can lead to uncomfortable comments in a job interview. If you want age to not be a factor, do not allude to or bring up your age. Leave off graduation dates on a resume. Let them see you are worthy and that chronological age is a misleading factor when hiring someone. The point here is...Do nothing in any way to give clues as to your real age.