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Looking For Your First Job? Don’t Make These Mistakes

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In the present day market condition, jobs are less and every jobseeker is facing the truth. According to the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers, or SIAM, almost 2.3 lakh people have lost their jobs in the automobile sector as of July 2019. Also industries like telecom, IT, tech startups, media and entertainment, manufacturing, consumer white goods and hospitality are other sectors facing dismissals. According to an article published in the Economic Times, a report released by the Azim Premji University revealed that 50 lakh jobs were lost between 2016 and 2018, and young men were hit the hardest.

“In a recessionary phase, the demand-supply equation reverses. There are fewer opportunities and more applicants per opportunity.” – Devashish Chakravarty, CEO, QuezX & HeadHonchos

Clearly, there are more applicants waiting to get hired compared to companies who would like to hire them. So as a first time jobseeker, you have to be extra cautious! Avoid every mistake during the process of job selection and application, which would start right from the time of preparing a resume until wrapping up the interview.

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Before applying for a job

Not using the right search platforms

There are some powerful job search engines to help you make your first career move. If you’re searching for a fresher job, Firstnaukri and Naukri are the best search engines in town. You can also seek help from Google for jobs. Google has now enabled a job search feature, so that job seekers can instantly search for positions on the browser itself. You can also try Facebook for jobs. Since Facebook has evolved to become the go-to platform for ‘everything’, a job search feature was obviously added. Freshers can leverage this by either following Firstnaukri on Facebook for the latest fresher job openings or directly searching for active and passive jobs.

Not realizing skill mismatch

Despite your prospective employer’s best effort to provide a clear job description, your best efforts to make an accurate prediction of what the job needs can go wrong. This miscommunication can be avoided if you ensure the skills in your resume match perfectly with the JD. Resolve this issue by:

  1. Talking to your seniors and consulting friends who are placed. Your skills, internships and training should not go underutilized in any manner
  2. Inquire if there are specific roadblocks standing between where you are and where you need to be. Map them all and then undergo training or complete courses to match the gap
  3. If the task realignment still does not work, head back to the job market and look for a more appropriate position

Not visiting professional networking and social media handles

Social media is undoubtedly the most critical part of your life. If not, you are missing out on a major networking revolution. Why is social media important? Well with it you can

  • Discover new ideas
  • Stay on top of trends
  • Connect with audiences (and HR folk)
  • Bring attention to yourself (for personal brand building)
  • Enhance and substantiate your skills

Honestly, there is a thin line that separates the personal use of social from the professional. Still, with the right filters, you can safeguard your privacy and control who sees what on your page / profile. But even as a fresher, it is important to keep up with the evolution of these social and professional networking platforms. Looks for ways to optimize these tools and make them advantageous for you.

How to land a graduate job in 2020? Find out here!

During the job application stage

Sending out a resume full of spelling mistakes and bloopers

Poor formatting, immature content, general pointers, spelling errors and typos are a strict no no! Spare yourself the ridicule from a half-baked resume. Use a professional resume maker to save you the disgrace. There are many resume makers available online that you can leverage. Churn out a fresh and professional CV from an online resume maker for free. Or you can always use the Firstnaukri resume maker. Also, write a decent cover letter to juxtapose your USPs in a clean and crisp manner.

Read this guide on CV vs Resume and when to use which.

Sending a generic cover letter to every company irrespective of the industry or JD

Draft an awesome cover letter which is not too long, is readable and has pointers. Craft your ‘pitch’ letter carefully to ensure you catch the recruiter’s eye. The company’s JD is nothing but a pain point that they have for which they are seeking a solution – in you. So your letter should address one question from the employer’s perspective “What problem would hiring you solve?” And only then proceed with it.

Here’s how you can craft an awesome job application letter. 

Not following up aggressively with the recruiter or HR spoc

Submitting your job application is not the end! Its only the beginning of a new professional relationship! You have to follow up with the recruiter or hiring manager for a reply. Drop an email or make a Skype / Phone call. Keep your tone as professional as possible so that you do not annoy the recruiter.

During the interview

Goofing up in the telephonic interview

Cracking a telephonic interview is an art. In case you would like that first job, please do not commit the usual mistakes. Since your interviewer is out of sight, rule out nervousness. You can walk around talk on the call as no one is watching your body language! That’s a mighty advantage. Also, avoid exaggerated claims and sound as grounded as possible.

Mark Twain once said, ‘If you tell the truth, you never have to remember anything.’ 

Responding in a wrong manner during panel interview or F2F interview

Every company has its own specific interview process. As a candidate, you have your own way of answering their questions! So be confident. Like they have a formulaic approach, you prepare your formula too. Here are some things you should not utter during an interview, ever!

  • I don’t like the job offer I have in hand, hence hence I am here
  • What do you do in this company?
  • I am very nervous!
  • I do not have any experience, but…
  • It is on my resume, please check.
  • I am a perfectionist!
  • I can think outside the box!
  • I don’t know!
  • How many leaves can I get?
  • I want to go for further studies.
  • What the hell!
  • Yeah! or Yep!
  • Nah!
  • Sorry I am late! Sorry I am early! Sorry!

Please steer clear of these messages. You are a strong candidate until you utter careless words such as these. Try to be professional and speak like a matured interviewee. Use adjectives like the ones outlined below:

  • Conscientious
  • Ambitious
  • Confident
  • Diligent
  • Honest
  • Loyal
  • Methodical
  • Punctual
  • Reliable

Displaying poor body language during the interview

Your answers are perfect, your skills are in place and you have dressed well too! You are a perfect candidate only until you display a poor body language! Please avoid these postures and gestures to avoid negative marking.

  • A bone crushing handshake
  • Using too many hand gestures
  • Touching your face over and over
  • Slouching on the desk
  • Sitting with arms crossed
  • Fidgeting with a pen or hair
  • Playing with something on the table
  • Not smiling or no eye contact
  • A lot of leg movement

The idea is to be as confident as possible and rule out nervousness! Practice mock formal interviews with friends and family to gain confidence well ahead of time.

After the interview

Changing personal expectations

You would be negotiating your salary post the interview. This is where you should not come off as a greedy person. Read salary negotiation tips online to sail through smoothly. Also, kindly refrain from making unrealistic demands right away like demanding for overseas travel, relocation, cab facility etc. If you articulate several personal constraints about the job prior to joining, you might get rejected because you will be labelled ‘unreliable or unsteady’.

How to negotiate salary on email?

Forgetting to thank

The interview went well and so did your interaction with the prospective boss or team. But, thanking the HR spoc just skipped your mind. What do you do now? Relax! You have not blown your chances for the job. You can still do something now to recover the offer letter! It is never too late. Here’s a sample thank you note for this very situation!

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Not following up

You landed the interview and sailed through. But the HR spoc is silent! Simply send a thank you note as we told earlier, and then check your inbox regularly. In case waiting it out is not helping, and you still don’t hear a thing, please follow up. How to follow up?

  • Send a thank you email to the HR spoc or interviewer within the first 24 hours of interview
  • Mention things you skipped in the interview in pointers
  • Address and correct mistakes you made
  • Remind the interviewer why you are qualified

End your letter with these lines: “Please let me know if you need anything else from my end. Looking forward to hopefully continuing along in the process.”

Not sharing ready references

If you feel why your interviewer wants your references before anyone in the firm has even spoken with you, you are taking it wrong. Please turn over your reference list and establish a mutual interest.

Also skim through crucial interview tips for college grads here.

Conclude the entire pre- and post-interview process on a positive note. Ensure to leave your mark so that the interviewer remembers you even in your absence. Hope you secure a decent placement this time and every time you step into an interview room!

All the best.


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