One of the hardest things about taking on a job search is simply never hearing back from the companies you apply to. Not knowing whether your job application materials are attracting attention or if your skills are not competitive with other applicants is a tough situation to be in. In the absence of feedback, there can be any number of reasons why you’re not hearing “yes.” If your skills are up to par and your resume is crystal clear, but you’re still not getting hired, there might be something else going on. Here is why not paying attention to all of the details will keep you from getting hired.
Lack of Preparation
Interviews are important, obviously. But how you prepare for an interview is probably the most important thing you can do to line yourself up for success. Do your homework. Research the company you are applying to. Dig up some more information about the person you will be interviewing with – LinkedIn is great for that. Take the time to really read the job description and see if you can talk with someone to learn more about the opportunity to get clarity if you need it. Think ahead about what your prospective employer’s pain points might be, and think about how you and you alone can make their lives easier. That’s what they want to hear from you in an interview, and if you’re not prepared you’ll be unlikely to leave them impressed.
Also be sure to come to the interview prepared with your own questions to ask. Make sure they’re good ones, that help the interviewer build a positive rapport with you and show you are interested in the opportunity as more than just a job, but as a career. Your investment in the position will be one of the most important factors in the hiring decision.
Mistakes in Your Resume
As mentioned previously, your application materials need to be perfect in order to make it to the interview stage. This can take some effort. Take the time to go over your resume and your cover letter with a fine-toothed comb. If you can, try having a friend or colleague read it and provide feedback. Fresh eyes can catch things you didn’t notice in your own review.
Poor Dress at an Interview
Interviews are your chance to put on your best professional attire and show the world that you mean business. Dress for the job you wish you had. For most jobs, that means a suit and tie for the men, and a professional pantsuit or a blouse and skirt for women. Jeans are a mistake, as are any shirts with distracting phrases or logos. You want to present yourself as professional and polished to leave the interviewer with a great first impression.
Overall, it’s important to remember that you have to put in the effort to show you want the job. No employer wants to hire a candidate who will be there halfheartedly. They want someone who will give their 110 percent each and every day on the job.
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