So you’ve decided to use the Internet to find potential employment. You’ve created your resume, picked out a few Web sites, posted your resume and applied for numerous positions online. To your surprise, nothing is happening. What could be wrong? Well here are a few surefire mistakes many of us make that put a damper on the ol’ job search:
- You’ve resorted to the Internet-only way of finding a job. Many companies, especially smaller ones, still opt to post jobs the traditional way. Don’t forget that socializing is a great way to meet people and jobs are often landed through the contacts we meet. And why not flip through the classifieds on Saturday morning while you sip that cup of Folgers?
- You are distributing your e-mail through using a mass e-mail approach. Don’t send your resume out to thousands of people. First of all, it’s difficult to keep track of and follow up with potential employers. Second, you should be customizing your resume for the jobs you are applying for.
- You are applying for jobs that you don’t meet the requirements for. I’d love to think that I’m a rocket scientist, however, deep down, I know I’m not. When you’re applying for jobs, make sure you’re applying for those jobs that you are qualified for.
- You have become a virus distributor. With the popularity of e-mail as a means of communication, be sure you are running anti-virus software and that it is up-to-date. Chances are you will not be considered for a position if you mistakenly send a potential employer a virus along with your e-mail.
- Your resume is more like your life story. Create a resume that is straight to the point and one that highlights your skills as they relate to the job position you are applying for.
- You are only using the ‘brand’ name job search Web sites. As a lot of you may know, some of the best stores are those that are small and off the beaten path. The same holds true for job sites. The most popular does not always mean the best.
- You have decided to include as much personal information in your resume as possible. This may not necessarily affect your employment opportunities, but it is a perfect way to share your identity with someone else who is looking for a new one. The key word here is ‘privacy.’
- You assume everyone is receiving your e-mail. There is always the chance that your e-mail has been marked as spam and has been deleted without even being read. If there is a way to follow-up with your e-mail, take advantage of it to make sure your resume is being received.