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One of the major reasons for not finding a right job is the mistakes made during the entire job search process, beginning from the time of preparing a CV till after the interview. As a fresher or a new job seeker, you must read about the following mistakes that you may be making.

Mistake 1: Applying to random jobs:

It’s explicable that you may feel stressed and anxious about the current situation, especially if your job has been affected due to the pandemic. However, it is never advisable to apply to random jobs. You may end up applying to 100 of available jobs; it does not mean that you will get the response from those 100 recruiters as well. Read the job description carefully and check if the available role and responsibilities match your job profile. If yes, you must apply to the job as you here have greater chances of getting a revert than applying to non-suitable jobs.

Mistake 2: Not using the right channel for your job search:

Where you conduct your job search is as important as how you search. Don’t send unsolicited mails to recruiters and HRs as well as refrain from randomly checking out social media for vacancies. Apply through a proper channel, including online job boards or you can also reach out to your professional network to stay in touch with the latest job opportunities. You could also check out the companies’ career resources or websites to check the available positions and apply to the ones that match your skillsets.

Mistake 3: Presenting a lot of information in CV

The average recruiter spends 6-10 seconds on your resume. Keep that time frame into consideration while designing your CV. Ideally, it should not go beyond than 2 pages. Recruiters should be able to skim through your details, including professional experience, skills and projects in a go. Additionally, add relevant information that can set you apart from other candidates. Show them something that can hold their attention and let them go back and read more thoroughly. Recruiters are overwhelmed with choices and have to dismiss certain CVs randomly to narrow down the options.

Mistake 4: Not adding a cover letter

Most job seekers overlook the importance of sending a cover letter while applying for jobs. A coverletter quickly summarizes your CV and helps recruiters take a look at your qualifications, skills, and overall experience and has the power to persuade the recruiter to open your CV and understand more about you as a prospective candidate.  It can indeed help you land a job interview. Ensure to keep it as crisp as possible.

Mistake 5: Following poor email etiquettes

If you are sending a job application via an email, ensure to follow the professional email writing etiquettes and increase your chances of getting noticed.

  • Your email should have a subject line which is professional, concise and precise.
  • Avoid using any fancy email ID that has slang words or causal words. It can turn off potential employers.  Stick to a combination of your first name and last name as this reflects professionalism.
  • Proofread your email to avoid grammar and punctuation errors.
  • Don’t misspell the recruiter’s name.

Mistake 6: Lying on CV or during the interview

In case you have got an interview call or you are appearing for the job interview, don’t lie about your credentials like employment dates, false employment history, or fudged GPAs, it’s hard to be lenient. These are key elements of your CV, that even if there is an honest mistake, it shows poor attention to detail and you won’t be able to justify.

Mistake 7: Sending multiple follow-up messages to hiring managers

It is natural to be anxious after you have applied for a job. However, this should not made you bombard the hiring managers with mails and calls regarding your job application status. Be patient. The same applies if you are done with a job interview. During the job interview, it is perfectly fine to ask about the estimated turn around regarding the hiring decision, but once you have this information, do not ask again in your follow-up message. Let your credentials speak for themselves.

One of the major reasons for not finding a right job is the mistakes made during the entire job search process, beginning from the time of preparing a CV till after the interview. As a fresher or a new job seeker, you must read about the following mistakes that you may be making.

Mistake 1: Applying to random jobs:

It’s explicable that you may feel stressed and anxious about the current situation, especially if your job has been affected due to the pandemic. However, it is never advisable to apply to random jobs. You may end up applying to 100 of available jobs; it does not mean that you will get the response from those 100 recruiters as well. Read the job description carefully and check if the available role and responsibilities match your job profile. If yes, you must apply to the job as you here have greater chances of getting a revert than applying to non-suitable jobs.

Mistake 2: Not using the right channel for your job search:

Where you conduct your job search is as important as how you search. Don’t send unsolicited mails to recruiters and HRs as well as refrain from randomly checking out social media for vacancies. Apply through a proper channel, including online job boards or you can also reach out to your professional network to stay in touch with the latest job opportunities. You could also check out the companies’ career resources or websites to check the available positions and apply to the ones that match your skillsets.

Mistake 3: Presenting a lot of information in CV

The average recruiter spends 6-10 seconds on your resume. Keep that time frame into consideration while designing your CV. Ideally, it should not go beyond than 2 pages. Recruiters should be able to skim through your details, including professional experience, skills and projects in a go. Additionally, add relevant information that can set you apart from other candidates. Show them something that can hold their attention and let them go back and read more thoroughly. Recruiters are overwhelmed with choices and have to dismiss certain CVs randomly to narrow down the options.

Mistake 4: Not adding a cover letter

Most job seekers overlook the importance of sending a cover letter while applying for jobs. A coverletter quickly summarizes your CV and helps recruiters take a look at your qualifications, skills, and overall experience and has the power to persuade the recruiter to open your CV and understand more about you as a prospective candidate.  It can indeed help you land a job interview. Ensure to keep it as crisp as possible.

Mistake 5: Following poor email etiquettes

If you are sending a job application via an email, ensure to follow the professional email writing etiquettes and increase your chances of getting noticed.

  • Your email should have a subject line which is professional, concise and precise.
  • Avoid using any fancy email ID that has slang words or causal words. It can turn off potential employers.  Stick to a combination of your first name and last name as this reflects professionalism.
  • Proofread your email to avoid grammar and punctuation errors.
  • Don’t misspell the recruiter’s name.

Mistake 6: Lying on CV or during the interview

In case you have got an interview call or you are appearing for the job interview, don’t lie about your credentials like employment dates, false employment history, or fudged GPAs, it’s hard to be lenient. These are key elements of your CV, that even if there is an honest mistake, it shows poor attention to detail and you won’t be able to justify.

Mistake 7: Sending multiple follow-up messages to hiring managers

It is natural to be anxious after you have applied for a job. However, this should not made you bombard the hiring managers with mails and calls regarding your job application status. Be patient. The same applies if you are done with a job interview. During the job interview, it is perfectly fine to ask about the estimated turn around regarding the hiring decision, but once you have this information, do not ask again in your follow-up message. Let your credentials speak for themselves.

Here you can read other reasons why you are not getting hired as a fresher Be careful to not to make these mistakes in your job search process. Stay safe, stay healthy.

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