Dump These Job Seeker Bad Habits — and Set Yourself Up For Success

When looking for a job, it’s easy to move so fast that you begin to cut corners.

Unfortunately, that can sometimes do more harm than good.

But we’ve got you covered.

We’ll help you identify which bad habits could be negatively impacting your job search and what you can do in order to increase your chances of landing a great job.

Here are three bad job seeker habits and how to avoid them:

1. Not tailoring your resume to fit the job

It requires a little time on your part, but you should always review the job description and consider tailoring your resume to fit it.

Look for specific keywords and phrases from the job posting and work them into your resume.

Not only will this help you align your specific skills or experience with the open position, it will also enable recruiters to quickly and easily find your resume.

That’s because recruiters search resumes by looking for specific keywords and phrases from the job description. If your resume keywords match the job description, the recruiter will be more likely to find you.

So, look at the skills required for the role. Then look at your resume.

Do you see areas where you can take the skills from the job posting and incorporate them into your resume?

If not, the recruiter may question whether you’re the right fit for the job.

2. Not preparing for the interview

If you fail to prepare before your interview, your interviewer will notice and think you are disinterested in the position.

Here’s what you can do to set yourself up for a successful interview:

    • Review the company website and know what the business does, where their locations are, and even what the organization’s mission statement and values say.
    • Check out the latest corporate news and press releases.
    • Go on LinkedIn and learn more about the current staff and leadership, as well as the types of content they share with their network.
    • Come in with a written down list of questions about the job, the people, and what it’s like to work there.
    • Be prepared to answer basic questions that you should expect to hear from recruiters and hiring managers.
    • Have well-polished answers to not only field-specific questions, but also questions like:
      • “Why are you leaving your current job?”
      • “Where do you see yourself in five years?”
  • And don’t forget to research the person or people you’re interviewing with. Consider connecting with them on LinkedIn and following the company as well.

By following these tips, you will increase your chances of having a successful interview and you will make a positive impression on the interviewer.

3. Poor interview etiquette

One of the worst things you can do during an interview is to exhibit poor interview manners.

Here are some examples of bad interview etiquette and what you can do to present yourself in the best light:

    • Arriving late. Missing the bus or miscalculating how much time it takes to get across town, for example, can leave a negative impression on your interviewer. And today, since many interviews are conducted over the phone or video conference, arriving late to a virtual interview could cost you the opportunity.

Best practice: Always plan extra time for traveling. And set plenty of reminders for yourself.

    • Unkempt appearance. Although there are varying schools of thought on being underdressed vs. overdressed, it’s better to dress up and be too professional than it is to be underdressed. Whether your interview is in person or remote, dressing up can help you get into the right mindset. When you dress up, you exude confidence. And that confidence projects to your potential employer as well.

Best practice: Put your best foot forward and dress to impress.

    • Speaking negatively about your former employer. If asked about why a previous position didn’t work out, or what you didn’t like about your last job, be clear and concise. A negative attitude is off-putting to hiring managers and can make you seem unprofessional.

Best practice: Instead of dwelling on the negative, elaborate on what you learned and what you are looking for in your next opportunity.

    • Not following up. Failing to follow up is not a good idea. Following up reaffirms your interest in a position — and has the added benefit of keeping you top of mind!

Best practice: It’s incredibly easy to send a thank-you email to your interviewer. Or, send a hand-written letter. (The extra effort will not go unnoticed.)

How TERRA Can Help You

TERRA Staffing Group knows a lot about helping people find the right fit. We help place thousands of people in great jobs and have offices in Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington.

We also take the time to prepare candidates for interviews, in order to help set them up for success.

Talk with us today about how we can help match you to some great employment opportunities. Contact us today.

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