You might recall that on the first Monday of each month, we hold a Twitter chat for job seekers and career experts to discuss job-search questions. Participating is easy: In Twitter type #cbjobchat into the search box, or just click this link, and you’ll see people having conversations about a few questions we pose.
Our goal is to let job seekers talk about some of those frequently asked questions with someone rather than just reading our blog posts and articles. (Although, we do hope you like them and continue reading them.)
This week we discussed common job-search mistakes and how you can avoid them. A lot of the great tips are simple to follow but often overlooked. Here are a few of the responses we received to the questions we posed:
Job seekers, what mistakes have you made that you think have harmed your job search in the past?
Experts, what are the biggest interview mistakes job seekers can make–leading up to and during the interview?
“Putting too much on one page or making things too wordy.” – @tarl2357
“I once saw a résumé written on loose leaf. Not very professional…and also kind of sad.” – @CB_MLorenz
“Worst offense it to try and make it personal. Keep it professional. Don’t volunteer personal detail interviewer can’t ask legally [about]”- @tombolt
“Not showing their enthusiasm! We love to meet candidates are keen and really interested” – @JLLCareersAUS
“First and foremost KNOW what the company does. I’ve interviewed people who didn’t even know what the company did.” – @DawnBugni
“Goes without saying, but the biggest mistake a job hunter can do is lie. Reference checks are so much efficient now.” – @khairyalonto
Job seekers and experts: What are the biggest résumé no-nos you’ve seen or made yourself?
Experts, what common résumé mistakes are easiest to avoid? You know, the ones you can’t believe when you see.
“Please don’t include your health, marital status, if you are a smoker, your height and weight in your CV.”-@JLLCareersAUS
“Some résumé mistakes I see are spelling mistakes, not putting details of your previous position or dates of employment.” @Ashley_Beste
“NO to templates. They tell me you are lazy and will do ‘the minimum.’ I want serious effort to mold your résumé to job posting.” -@RésuméDrEliz
“I’ve seen résumés with a font size of 8pt. Share relevant information you put on a 1-page résumé (read the job description!).” -@khairyalonto
“An editing trick that works for résumés: Read things backwards- Helps catch spelling errors b/c you read slower” -@KaitMadden
“Writing résumé means self assessment to gather skills and accomplishments and arrange them. Templates make you think its filling out a form.” -@tombolt
Experts, what mistakes on any application materials/forms are red flags for employers?
“Poor writing skills are the biggest red flag, And poor hand writing as well.” -@viravani
“Red flags: too many short length jobs.” -@Bamagirl_
I have one client who times candidates… if they take too long or look distracted, they’re gone! – @RecruitingMegan
Job seekers, do you always follow up after an interview? Or after submitting a résumé? Or do you just wait to hear back?
Experts, what’s the difference between following up and being a pest? A lot of job seekers are afraid to bug the interviewer.
“Job seekers should also recognize that recruiting is just ONE function HR pros have in the day. Apologies for not responding!” -@PushJobs
“The candidate experience is all about setting expectations. If applicants are not told the rules for follow-up etc. always ask.” -@tombolt
“20 calls in a week is too much. When I know, you’ll know. Call at end of day is okay.” -@RecruitingMegan
“You should always follow up! It shows that you are really interested!” -@tarl2357
“In following up, you probably should wait 2-3days for a reply before following up again; no more than 2x a week.” -@khairyalonto
Job seekers, do you usually accept the first offer or do you negotiate salary? How about perks?
Experts, when negotiating/accepting a job offer, what should job seekers NOT do? What impresses hiring managers?
“Start with ‘I’m excited’ and then ‘How much?’” -@incblot
“Don’t make the ‘power play’ and put employers in a corner… they want to feel in control.” -@RecruitingMegan
“Job seekers shouldn’t expect to negotiate too much in positions that have set ranges and little room for tweaking.” -@PushJobs
“Know what you’re willing to negotiate with job/salary offers and what you aren’t. Everyone’ll be happier in the long run.” -@CB_MLorenz
Please join us for our next chat, August 1, and every first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. CST. We’d love for you to participate, though you’re free to just read and soak up some knowledge.
We also encourage you to follow these Twitterers because they frequently post informative, helpful news and tips that job seekers can really learn from. And if you’re not following us on Twitter, you should, ’cause we’re a hoot. You can also read all of our #cbjobchat recaps here. Also, let us know what you’d like to see us discuss in future #cbjobchats.