What NOT to do when searching and applying for jobs
We tend to live in a fast-paced society with an instant gratification mentality. We’re busy running from one task to the next with the goal of just getting something done and moving on. But how can this hurt us on the job search? We fly through directions, barely reading them, and probably don’t pay attention very well to what the company is really looking for. The best tip for job searching and applying for positions, including those with temporary staffing agencies, is simply to slow down.
According to recruiting and hiring managers, the biggest mistake when applying for a job is having a job seeker not follow the directions. Some job ads specify that a cover letter is required, while other job postings may specifically say they don’t want one. Look for questions they may want answered and the method they want you to use to apply—stop in to fill out an application, send an email, or snail mail? Do they accept telephone calls about the job opening? If they request no calls, calling will be the fastest way to get your resume in their trash pile!
Along the same lines, don’t forget to tweak your resume or cover letter before sending it in for a job posting. Pay attention to what they’re looking for and their requirements and make sure those items are highlighted on your resume! A general resume is great to keep on hand or use at networking events, but if you’re applying for a specific position, you should have a specific resume.
Finally, when searching for a job, find something you are truly interested in rather than mass-applying for everything you can find. If you aren’t genuine and passionate about a job, it will come across in your efforts to actually get hired—in your conversations, resume, and the interview. When you’re excited about a company or about an opportunity, it shows. You’re likely to get farther in the hiring process and you end up wasting a lot less time. It doesn’t have to be your dream job, but you can be interested in and excited about a project to tackle, learning a new skill, adding to your resume, making a difference, or trying something new.
Slow down, be specific, choose carefully, and resist the urge to mass apply—these tips will all help you on your job search and when communicating with hiring managers. If you’re in need of a temp staffing agency in South Florida to help you during your job search, check out one of our two TransHire locations and good luck!