Don’t make rookie mistakes when applying for jobs. Follow these four simple steps for career success!
Job hunting! Argh, we’ve all been there. It’s a process that involves applications, endless searching and sometimes pulling your hair out. But it doesn’t have to be such a manic process, finding, applying for and nailing the interview at your dream job is easy!
Just avoid these four mistakes and make sure your application is flawless!
Article courtesy of careergirldaily.com
1. DON’T USE THE SCATTERGUN APPROACH
Don’t just apply to any job opening you think might be slightly relevant. It costs you a lot of valuable time, which you can also spend on researching what you actually want and discover companies you would really want work for.
2. DON’T BE AFRAID TO FAIL
Just like almost anything in life, applying is a learning process. Don’t be afraid of getting rejected. Every rejection is a learning opportunity to ace the next interview. Oh and do not start with an interview at your dream job. Take some practice interviews at companies you’d still like to work at but might be 17 or 18 on your list of dream jobs.
3. LOOK FURTHER THAN YOU CAN SEE
Most career websites and career events are only financially accessible by companies with big recruitment budgets. So you’re only seeing a portion of the jobs available to you. Use a site like Magnet.me, basically the LinkedIn of job-hunting, which lists all levels of companies for free. Meaning you could find your dream job much easier. And it could even be a start-up!
4. DON’T LOSE SIGHT OF WHAT YOU WANT
Remember to combine your interests with achievements. Start by writing down what you actually want to achieve from these jobs you’re applying for. How will you be able to impact the industry? What do you enjoy doing and learning about? You might find yourself under pressure to find a job asap, but coming back to this and reminding yourself of your values will make finding what you love easier.