6 mistakes to avoid making when looking for a new job

The job market is shifting, and we have seen it move multiple times in 2020 already. In any job market, whether it is rich in job opportunities or not, there are mistakes job seekers make that 95% of the time will cost them an initial interview or even the job offer.

We understand that searching for a new job and going through the interview process isn’t something that you as a job seeker would do every day. In turn, that means you are likely to need some guidance on how to avoid making a mistake that could cost you the job of your dreams. We have put together 6 of the biggest mistakes we see job seekers are regularly making.

Dishonesty – Honesty is the best policy, and no matter what it is your best to be 100% transparent with your recruiter. The most common lies are generally around skills, salary or reasons for leaving your job. Being dishonest will catch up with you at some point, and when it does, it can be costly and embarrassing.

Overshooting on salary – We would all love a pay rise and the opportunity to earn more. Salary brackets have a skills requirement that needs to be met, to achieve those salaries. Be realistic and don’t overshoot yourself on salary as the other job seekers you are up against will generally shine a light on the gap between your skills and the salary you are seeking.
Resumes not up to date – If you want to start the job search, make sure you have updated your resume, check your employment dates, job titles and skills are all correct. Even your referee details, contact number or address, need to be double-checked.

Ghosting – This isn’t a term exclusive to dating it happens with job seekers as well. It’s essential to be on top of your communication, return calls and emails promptly. Recruiters and hiring managers are generally working with other candidates, and strict deadlines, your miscommunication can throw that out and cost you an opportunity
Scattergun application approach – Blasting your resume to every single real estate job in Sydney and hoping for the best isn’t a wise strategy. Please read the job ad, make sure you meet at least 75% of the criteria. Also be sure it meets your criteria regarding location, role responsibilities, salary etc. Taking a scattered approach means you will get lost in the sea of applications. The recruiter will see you aren’t taking your search seriously when your resume turns up for multiple roles that are completely different. 

Presentation – Turning up to an interview with your recruiter dressed in your gym gear is not the way to make an excellent first impression. Take the entire process seriously, dress to impress, and if you’re unsure of how to present yourself for an interview, speak up, and your recruiter can guide you.

6 mistakes to avoid making when looking for a new job--