What is preventing you from getting your dream job? Even with good credentials, if you are finding it difficult to get an interview, you may well be making the following mistakes:
1. Not making enough good connections
Knowing the right people can give a much-needed boost to your job search. Professional networking is worth the effort and time, and is usually the difference between winning an important interview and being overlooked for a suitable opening. To know more people in your industry, attend career fairs, job seminars, and sign up with business-oriented social networking sites like LinkedIn.
2. Not sending a customized cover letter
Sending a generic cover letter is as bad, if not worse, than not sending one at all. A generic cover letter works against you, rather than working for you. It shows that you are not prepared to go the extra mile and research the company. You should customize every cover letter according to the job requirements and company’s vision and values.
3. Not being vigilant enough
In today’s competitive job market, companies usually receive over hundreds of applications for a job ad, allowing them to close the position quickly. You may be an ideal candidate for a job, but your application will not generate a response if you are late in sending it. Visit job boards regularly to give yourself ample time to prepare your application and resume before the position is closed.
4. Getting distracted
When perusing job boards, it is necessary that you pay full attention to the task at hand. Job search is a job in and of itself. Getting distracted while searching for a job can take up crucial time. To locate a job and to reply to it appropriately, ideally requires at least two to three hours of undistracted effort per day. Set daily goals and do not let anything else interfere with the time you set aside for job search.
5. Forgetting to follow up after an interview
You must follow up after every interview by sending a thank you note. Keep your thank you note brief, but make sure that you thank recruiters for their time and tell them how the interview helped you develop a better understanding about the company and its needs and how your experience and skills will help the organization.
The hiring process can sometimes take a substantial amount of time. So, do not feel hesitant about asking your prospective employers about the status of your application if you don’t hear from them in a week or so.
Erik Larson is a master’s level career counselor and an internationally certified as a Career Management Practitioner (CMP) by the Institute for Career Certification International. He was also recognized as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board for Certified Counselors. You can check out his site at ResumeIndex.com.