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Interviews are tricky. Even if you make every attempt to research a company before the big day and practice for a week straight, it’s still possible to get it wrong. Interviews are just unpredictable like that. In fact, you may even be sabotaging yourself without even knowing it. Here are some of he major ways people unknowingly self sabotage their job hunt/interviews.
1.Not speaking with a real live person….
The internet is amazing, it has videos that can teach you a new skill, you can connect with friends that might be miles away, and even share really cute cat videos. But lets face it the internet is not going to hire you, for that to happen you have to meet up with a human being in real life…I shouldn’t have to say that but you would be surprised.
It’s important, while you’re searching for all those great jobs you find online at job board posting websites, like Clinicians 4 U. You must also realize that you need to make talking to people, in person or at least over the phone, a main concern of yours.
Have you not returned the calls of companies that you aren’t really that interested in? Or not get back in contact with your friend who said his job was hiring? Connecting with people in person or at least over the phone, is essential to getting hired. Frequently we con ourselves into believing that independent activity is the best way to get hired. When in reality it isn’t. Connecting with other people is.
“…lets face it the internet is not going to hire you, for that to happen you have to contact/meet up with a human being in real life.”
2. Can a random stranger read your and understand your resume?
Take your resume cover letter and hand it to someone you don’t know. After they have read the paper ask them if they know what it is you are trying to accomplish next? Most people the answer to that is a big NO. The initial problem is that most people are doing the wrong thing with their cover letter and giving useless information. You’re trying to tell people about your character and your abilities and your many different skills…..just too many things at once.
The only thing the person reading your cover letter is thinking is “does this person want the job?”. Is the job something that you’ve done before? If so, did you like it? If so, do you want to do it again? Obviously you know that you want the type of job it is, whatever it may be. But strangers don’t know that. And, chances are, you’ll most likely be hired by a stranger. So you need to make sure that you are loud and clear about what job you want, and why you’re qualified for it. You’re not naming every skill and experience, but you’re giving the reader a sense of what you can do.
3. Don’t mix your strong skills with weaker skills
Say for example there is a person, lets call him Tom, if in his resume he instead of stopping after describing his degrees from Harvard and Brown, his excellent and relevant internships, and his extensive technical expertise – he also decides to add on that he has 2 years worth of Spanish class while in college. Grouping up your strong skills with your weaker skills actually decrease the attractiveness of you skills and overall resume.
Grouping your weaker skills with you stronger skills are bad, because our minds tend to average out the impressiveness of the listed achievements and actually see “this particular” interviewee as less competent than if he or she had stopped at the degrees and work experience. You don’t want your resume to give off the feeling of that you are trying to over-compensate for something.
Instead just save the Spanish portion for a later date, maybe there might be an opportunity to bring it up in conversation in the interview or just at some other random time where it is relative, but just make sure not to over saturate your resume.
4. What email address do you use in a professional setting?
If you are one of the few people still using AOL or Netzero or something, you might be stumping yourself in your job hunt without even being aware of it. With one of those older website email domains (ex: AOL, Netzero, etc.) may show to employers that you are not adaptable and change with the times. Which could translate to you not being innovative or that you haven’t prioritized keeping your skills up-to-date., which nowadays in the workforce you will need to be a quick learner and adaptable.
When using an email for professional reasons, you want to make sure that you are using hotmail, gmail or yahoo. These email providers are still on the cutting edge of the email game, are up-to-date and there free.
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