As a general rule, people want to know what things they should be doing to increase the chances that they’ll make a good impression during the hiring process and land the job.
However, sometimes the best way to know how to do something is to know how NOT to do something, and a job search is no different in that regard.
In this blog post, we’re going to approach the subject from that vantage point, and hopefully it will help you to be more fully prepared during your next job search.
Below are four sure-fire ways to make sure that you do NOT get hired:
#1—Grammar mistakes and/or typos on your resume
We’re not talking just about misspelled words here. For example, you could spell a word correctly, but use it the wrong way (“there” vs. “their”). In addition, slang or jargon might slip past you. Your resume is one element of your job search that has to be as perfect as you can possibly make it, and that’s why you should enlist the help of others when creating it . . . and proofreading it.
#2—Social media blunders
It seems hardly a week goes by without a national news story about somebody committing a huge professional blunder through social media. It doesn’t matter which site we’re talking about, either—Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, etc.—they’ve all been part of costly employment mistakes. Offers have been rescinded and careers have been destroyed due to a lack of diligence about social media. This is not a club you want to join.
#3—Failure to follow up
Let’s say you have a great interview, and you feel really good about it. The hiring manager might feel good about it, too . . . until you fail to follow up. All it takes is a simple email expressing your gratitude and reiterating your excitement about the position. Not doing so could erase all of the goodwill you’ve created and give the hiring manager a reason not to extend an offer of employment.
This one really is the ultimate “kiss of death.” Lying on your resume, or even worse, lying during the face-to-face interview will not only kill all chances of you landing the job, but it could also hamper your job search in other ways. After all, you never know if your name will come up in conversation between hiring managers at two different companies. The last thing you want to do is brand yourself as a liar.
Avoid these four sure-fire ways to NOT get hired, and you’ll dramatically increase the chances that you will get hired.
Time Staffing Inc.