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5 Job Hunting Pitfalls to Avoid

On15/ 06 /17

Job hunting can be challenging at the best of times, and for many job seekers pressure can lead to unnecessary mistakes.

However, with solid preparation and the right approach, errors can be avoided to give you the best chance of securing the right role.

We bring you 5 of the most common job hunting pitfalls, along with our tips on how to avoid them.

1. Not knowing what you are looking for

Before you do anything else, try to pinpoint exactly what you’re looking for in a role. This means drawing up a list of must haves and must not haves.

As a part of this, think about the kind of organisation you want to work for. What are your values and what’s most important to you?

Getting clear on what you want will help you to recognise potential roles that meet your needs. Ultimately, this will save you time and allow you to focus your efforts in the right place.

2. Playing the Numbers game

You may feel like job hunting is a numbers game, applying for everything and anything that remotely fits your experience. However, this approach rarely pays off. 

When you apply for roles en masse, there is little chance that your skills will be relevant to every position. Even the same role will vary from organisation to organisation.

So be selective with your applications – and zero in on the positions that fit with your experience and career goals.

3. Not proofreading your CV

Proofreading your CV may sounds obvious, however according to research by the jobs search engine Adzuna, one in three CVs contain spelling mistakes.

This is an easy way to fall at the first hurdle so ensure you check your CV thoroughly and don’t just rely on spellcheck – it won’t always pick everything up.

4. Not doing your research

It’s crucial to do your research before attending interviews. If you don’t bother to find out about a company it looks like you’re not really interested.

Think about from the hiring manager’s perspective – you want to feel that interviewees genuinely want and are excited about the position. So dedicate some time to researching a company before your interview and be ready to explain what excites you about the role.

5. Ignoring social media

Let’s face it – hiring managers are going to Google you to see what they can find out.
If they see anything inappropriate, they may think twice before offering you a job.

You want to project your best self to prospective employers so it makes sense to review your social media profiles at the start of your job search. This includes checking privacy settings and ensuring your professional profile on LinkedIn is up to date.

If you are on the hunt for your next role, get in touch with the team at Bucks and Berks. Our consultants have years of experience in finding the right roles for our candidates.

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