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Finding the right person for a job is difficult and a lot is at stake for employers. If the company hires the wrong person, it can be with an unqualified employee for years.
Because of this, everything an applicant does is scrutinized, from the wording of their résumé to the clothes they wear to interviews.
Applicants often do things that sabotage their own efforts to find work. Here are some things to avoid when getting on the payroll.
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The quickest way to send a message that you are not interested in a job is to dress inappropriately for an interview. Make an effort to adapt by dressing like the people you want to work with.
Do not forget that it is possible to dress yourself up. When trying to find a job on a construction site, showing up in a suit and tie isn't appreciated. Your goal should be to dress like you will be hired and go to work right away.
There is also evidence to suggest that the color scheme you choose makes a real difference. Check out: "70% of successful applicants wear this color."
Not accessing your personal network
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Use your network of friends, acquaintances and business contacts to find job offers that might be right for you. A survey reported by LinkedIn found that 85% of jobs are filled through networking.
It might be embarrassing to ask friends if they know about job openings, but if you don't, you are missing out on an important resource.
Stop by friends and acquaintances every few weeks so that they think of you immediately when they hear about a job posting. Here's more on the subject: "9 Tips for Successful, Painless Networking."
Don't take an interview seriously
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Bad jokes and funky remarks can cost you a job by questioning your character or your ability to fit into the workplace.
Once people are hired, letting them go can be a tedious process. For this reason, employers do not hesitate to pass on applicants who do not seem to take interviews seriously.
When talking about interviews, think about some of the curveballs you might get: "20 Bizarre Interview Questions And How To Answer Them."
Do not track
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Your job search doesn't end after you've completed an application. In order to attract the attention of potential employers, polite persistence is usually required.
The goal is to stand out from the crowd as the best person that can be hired. To do this, keep track of applications with emails and phone calls.
Make sure employers know you are ready to join their team. Stand out from the willingness to work.
Destruction of your previous employer
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Criticizing previous companies you worked for can create the impression that you are disloyal, even if the criticism is deserved. Your interviewer may decide that you don't like the new position you're looking for because you don't like previous jobs.
Employers are looking for people who like to fit into a new environment. You don't want to hire people who leave the company unhappy and tell unpleasant stories about their job.
Covering up a layoff or layoff
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Be ready to honestly explain employment gaps in your work history caused by layoffs or layoffs. If you're trying to cover up a previous issue and your interviewer finds out about it, they likely won't hire you. And you will raise concerns about your honesty.
Instead, acknowledge and briefly explain the situation. It is better to deal with such problems openly than to let your employer discover them later.
Use inappropriate language
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The use of profanity is becoming more common but has no place in job search. Your co-workers may not care if you occasionally use a curse word in conversations, but bad language is likely to cause an interview to end badly. It will be interpreted as disrespectful regardless of your intent.
Most employers assume that your best behavior is to find work. If you swear on your job search, they will conclude that once you are hired, your language will get worse.
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