Why the Best Candidate Doesn’t Always Get the Job – Part 2

recruitment softwareAre you searching for a job but not having any luck? While you might think that you’re doing all you can to locate the perfect workplace, there are several things you might be doing wrong.

Of course, there are things that are out of your control that might affect your ability to get a job, but there are many things you might be doing that you weren’t aware were an issue.

Below, you’ll find several things that can create issues when you are applying for positions.  These things send employers a red flag and many don’t hire because of them.

Accomplishments – You might not keep track of things that you’ve done over the course of your past few jobs, but potential bosses want to know what you’ve done previously. Your accomplishments are important. Keep track of them and list each one on your resume.

Previous Employer – Did you leave your last place of work on a bad note? If so, you need to consider refraining from doing that in the future. Leaving on bad terms can really cause an issue when you need someone to put in a good word for you. Hiring managers rely on references to guide them in the right direction when hiring. If you don’t have any, you might be out of luck.

Networking – Have you told friends, family or co-workers about your job search? If not, you should. They might know of an opportunity you’d be happy to take advantage of.

Traditional Searching – Are you using job boards and internet-based leads only when searching for a career? If so, try using traditional searching, as well. Statistics show that the old ways of finding a new occupation will pay off.

Opportunity Types – Are you looking for positions that are specific? If not, you should be. Applying for every job you come across might not be the best option. Focus your efforts on ones you are qualified for.

Resume – Make sure your resume is professional and doesn’t have any typos. Even the smallest grammatical error or accidental use of a letter can cause an employer to choose another candidate.

Cover Letter – Your cover letter should be original and speak directly to the hiring manager.  Craft a position specific letter for each job you apply for.

Contact Information – Make sure you have the correct phone number or email address listed on your resume or application. In addition, don’t make the mistake of putting your current work place as an appropriate way to contact you.

If you’re interested in learning more about ways to help you get a great job, visit back with us for our next blog post!

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