Most common mistake – they apply for jobs online with mass production speed, using the same resume
Slow down. Recruiters and talent acquisition experts get an overwhelming number of candidates for each open position and must eliminate most of them. Your resume stands out from the slush pile as a keeper when the HR manager can:
- tell that you understand the goals of their organization,
- have aligned your experience with the role,
- have positioned at least one distinct “It-Factor” that has them twisted.
Adjust your resume with the detail of a tailor.
Position internal contacts you’ve developed on social media networks and elsewhere as advocates to give you perspicacity into the culture and to open a door for you.
They limit their search to the same trade and same size company
It’s human character to stay with what is comfortable. But often people underrate their viability to switch professions because they don’t realize their transferable talents. Identify your tradeable skills and the industries where they can bring value. Then start discussions with people who work in those trades to broaden your familiarity with the company, specific language, and culture.
They do not prepare for the interview
I have had clients interview for roles where the last candidate had already been identified yet they secured the job because they wowed the team to the audience. Make sure you have genuine questions to ask. Be able to tell a story about what you’ve learned through the trials and triumphs of your career.
“I am good at building relationships” is subjective. “When I started in my profession I thought everyone worked the way I do, and that management would be easy. I thought I could just set the vision and get out of their way. That wasn’t enough. I began to understand the diversity of generations, cultures and character traits on my team and that I needed to see each member as an individual.
They don’t have a 30-60-90-day plan for the role
When you look for a job, your first hurdle is not impressing them with how great you are. They won’t believe you anyway. It is first assuring them that you are resourceful enough to figure out what you need to do to be successful. Too often applicants like to boast of their accomplishments without the context of what else contributed to their success.
Ask yourself, “How can I serve this person?” The payoff is down the road. Reasonable people will want to return the favor.