Monday 4 March 2013

6 Mistakes To Avoid When Seeking A New Job

Searching for a job can be a tedious process, mind-boggling and at times, not at all pleasant. A small mistake  can doom your efforts immaterial of your strong experience and excellent qualifications. Below are some tips that Muovo would like to share with you which you should equip yourself with on your job-hunting.

# 1. Using unprofessional email addresses.
Although this may sound obvious, several candidates still choose to send their CVs with emails like '[email protected]', or '[email protected]' and so on. Although this may be humorous and might conjure up a smile on one of your friend's faces, it definitely will not amuse a potential employer.

# 2. Having an unprofessional telephone greeting.
The same could be said to your voicemail greeting. All you need to say is that you're unavailable and perhaps you could excuse yourself for not being able to answer the phone. Do not say that you're out partying or indisposed because of personal reasons. This will only make your interviewer raise an eyebrow and possibly cross you off the list.

# 3. Sending a cover letter or resume rift with spelling mistakes.
Cover letters are the first impression that you will make on your future employer or interviewer. Be careful to spell check your letter carefully to avoid any typos that might ruin your chances of landing a great job!
Read Mistakes To Avoid When Writing A CV

# 4. Failing to write a post-interview thank you letter.
A lot of people are surprise upon hearing that they should write a thank you letter following their interview. This is not only interview etiquette, but it also goes to show that you are really interested in the post, and therefore make yourself seem as a good candidate for the job.

# 5. Omitting your accomplishments from your resume.
Although it is good to be humble, it does not mean that you should omit your accomplishments from your resume. For instance, instead of saying, 'Wrote programs in [name of language]', say, 'Developed system that reduced order entry processing time by x%'.

# 6. Arriving at the interview late.
We have discussed this issue over several other blog posts. It is vital that if you are running late - as could happen to anyone (road accidents, traffic, missing the bus, losing your way, running over your grandma...and so on!) - do let someone know that you might not be able to make it on time. Make sure that you take the reception or the interviewer's telephone number prior to leaving for the interview.

We hope that you have found some of these tips useful. Do let us know of any other mistakes that you should avoid as a job seeker!

Nikita Pisani at Muovo


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