The new-year for many is a time for searching for a new job. Whether you are laid off or ready to make a new change in your career a job search is on your list of new-year resolutions. Searching for a job is a job in and of itself. After putting all that work into preparing a resume, posting your resume, scouring the job boards and going on interviews there are a few things to keep in mind so as to not make all your efforts go up in smoke. There are five things that you should never-ever do when searching for a job.
ONE: Go to an interview unprepared. Simply showing up to an interview without preparation runs the chance of coming off as very sloppy and indifferent to whether or not you are really interested in the role. Whether you have a phone or on-site interview you can bring notes with you to refer to. Your notes can keep you on track and make sure both you and the interviewer have a successful interview. To prepare for the interview start by writing down the key points required in the job description, what do you know about the company, write down a few reasons that you would be a good match for the role and write down talking points about some of your success stories. Know why you applied to the role and be prepared to verbalize it. Write down questions that you would like to ask the interviewer. A good question to ask during the interview is: What are some of the bigger challenges for this person that will fill the role?
TWO: Conduct a phone interview while eating, walking, doing dishes, TV in background, kids screaming, dogs barking, etc. When conducting a phone interview or SKYPE interview make sure to find a quiet location where there will be no distractions. If you have a SKYPE/video interview do a trial run to make sure your background in the video is not full of distractions for the viewer. Treat the video interview as if you were going to an on-site interview, one way you can do this is by grooming accordingly. Check your hair, your facial features and dress in a professional manner.
THREE: Send an angry-gram (email or voice message) to the recruiter in response to receiving a rejection email. Never take your frustrations out on the recruiter or company. Whether you have anger issues or are a peaceful, easy-going soul that suddenly snaps at receiving that last rejection email, do not give in to temptation and send that angry gram. No one wants to hear that they missed out on hiring you or that they made a grave mistake in bypassing your candidacy. Nor do you need to scream there’s a bias due to race or gender; nothing could be further from the truth as most companies laud hiring for diversity. Sending an angry-gram will most certainly seal your fate for never being hired by the corporation. If you are determined to respond to the rejection, collect your composure and send the following: Thank you for considering me for Job Title. Please keep me in mind for future suitable positions of employment. I look forward to the possibility of hearing from Company X in the future.
FOUR: Send out endless emails and phone messages asking for status of your application or feedback from your interview. There are a variety of reasons why a recruiter won’t provide status updates but the #1 reason is because they do not have any information to provide to you. The recruiter is more than likely waiting on feedback from the hiring manager before they respond to your inquiry. It’s OK to check in once every two weeks but multiple calls and emails per week will only serve to annoy the recruiter and make you look desperate. If you interviewed and received a generic rejection email do not expect added feedback. No amount of calls or emails will get the recruiter to reply beyond, “There are stronger candidates available for the role.” The main reason for vague feedback is that the company is trying to protect themselves from potential litigation.
FIVE: Have a company bend over backwards to deliver an excellent offer to you and then accept a counter-offer from your current company. Counter-Offers are counter productive to your career. You damage the relationship with the company that gave you the original offer, your current company now knows that you were looking for another job and will be planning your exit as they keep you in your new employment situation. The company that gives you the offer can’t help but think that their offer was only used as leverage for you to get an increase in pay or new title/duties with your current company. Accepting a counter-offer pretty much helps you burn two bridges at one time.
By never-ever committing the above job search no-no’s you will be one step closer to ringing in the new-year with a new job.