How to Unknowingly Sabotage a Modern Job Search

How to Unknowingly Sabotage a Modern Job Search

by Sera Smith, Lead Client Service Coordinator, Acclivity Healthcare

Searching for a job in the day of modern technology can be infinitely easier than in the not-so-distant past. It isn’t without a few pitfalls, though. You can easily mess up your chances for landing the job you seek by making these common mistakes.

Failing to Create a Digital Resume

Digital resumes allow you to quickly and almost effortlessly apply for jobs on the go. Posting them on various job search sites also allows employers to find you. Highlight experience and skills employers will find relevant and attractive as these are the terms many savvy employers are searching resume databases to find.

Resisting Online Applications

It’s true that some online application processes are longer than you’d like and may include things like personality profiles. These help employers identify people who will be a good match within their organizations. If you skip over every position that requires online applications today you will really miss out on some golden opportunities.

Using Static Cover Letters and Resumes

You need to customize your resume and cover letter for each position you apply for. Make sure that it highlights areas where your skills closely match those listed in the advertisement and inform employers about relevant volunteer and other history that may qualify you for this position.

Staying in Your Comfort Zone

It’s easy to stick with what you know, but it can be magical to stray outside of your comfort zone and learn new skills in a different position or even different industry. Don’t limit your job search to the types of jobs you’ve always had. Branch out and explore new opportunities that your skills qualify you for.

Forgetting to Scrub Your Social Media Profiles and Posts

Employers are taking to the Internet to learn more about candidates. Social media has been critical in many hiring decisions. Make sure your profiles on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and other social media networks portray you as mature, responsible, and employable. Privacy is a thing of the past in the information age and many employers are now asking for your social media information in the application and using that information to help them make their hiring decisions.

Also make sure you don’t have any posts that are critical of former employers or interviewer on your social media profiles. These things often sound like sour grapes to potential employers and may take you out of contention for jobs you are extremely qualified for.

Neglecting the Follow-Up

You may be under the misguided perception that following up after interviews is a thing of the past. In a world where many candidates are stuck in the moment, taking the time to follow-up after an interview sets you apart and makes an impression with employers. There’s a reason entrepreneurs everywhere sing the virtues of the fortune being in the follow-up.

Even if you applied for a position online, make an effort to reach out and connect with the hiring manager to inquire about your application and see if there are any questions they have for you. It doesn’t take much time or effort and can provide an outstanding return on that investment.
It’s the little things that make the most difference in the job search today. Competition is fierce and seeing to these small details will help your star shine bright in an endless sea of applicants.