5 Ways You're Hurting Your Chances of Landing Your Dream Job

5 Ways You're Hurting Your Chances of Landing Your Dream Job
From Recruiter - October 2, 2017

Finding a job opportunity youre really excited about can feel like a miracle, especially if youve been stuck in a job search rut for a while. However, when chasing your ideal job opportunity, you need to do more than apply and hope for the best.

Its time to overhaul your approach and adopt a more targeted, strategic method for finding the next step in your career.

Lets take a look at some of the most common mistakes job seekers make that cost them their ideal job opportunities:

1. Botching the Follow-Up

If youre sending out dozens of applications and waiting for responses, youre bound to stay waiting for a long time. You must follow up after you submit your application. My company, Job-Hunt, conducted a survey and found that 51 percent of employers and HR professionals say they wont consider you if you dont reach out.

Following up sends an important message to employers. It shows how invested you are in the position. It also makes you more memorable.

Continue reaching out until you get a response. Be respectful and assertive when you send emails. Remind the recipient who you are, what job opportunity you applied for, and how you could provide them with more information if they need it.

2. Staying Vague

When employers review your application, theyre going to want to learn more about you. Specifically, they want to know the domains in whichyoure an expert.

Our survey found that 28 percent of employers say the most important aspect of your online presence is your industry-specific knowledge. Dont leave them guessing aboutyour expertise! Use your online presence to show off your best work. For example, you can create an online portfolio that showcases specific skills you are proud of and that align with your ideal job opportunity.

Lets say you applied for a video editor role with a media company. When you send your follow-up email, add a link to your portfolio, which should include videos you have produced.

3. Ignoring Social Media

Despite what some job seekers think, its actually better to have a small social media presence than to have none at all. Our survey found that several employers look negatively on candidates who arent on social media. Generally, employers see a lack of social media presence as a sign that you dont realize the importance of the internet, you dont have strong communication skills,or youre being dishonest about your professional image.

Simply put, if youre not using social media to market yourself, youre missing an opportunity. Your social media needs to be an authentic extension of who you are as a person and as a professional. Share industry-specific content that interests you and publicly engage with colleagues and industry thought leaders through social media groups.


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