When applying for jobs online, there are many mistakes job seekers can make without even realize it. These mistakes, as small as they might seem can negatively impact their chances of landing their dream job.

Here are common mistakes job seekers make when applying for a job online

They fail to brand themselves

Who are you and what do you stand for? This is something your recruiter wants to see through your application. Many job seekers fail to realize that they need to brand themselves when applying for a position. Your resume should be able to represent your brand. Also, make sure you have other tools that will reveal the parts of your brand you cannot show on your resume: website, blog, social media pages… These are great ways to give your recruiter a glimpse of who you really are.

They do not customize their resumes

Wen you apply for jobs on the internet, you will find many different position that interest you. They might not all require the same years of experience or fields of expertise. This is why it is important for job seekers, when applying online, to customize their resume based on the type pf job they are applying for. Many job seekers are afraid to do so because they are afraid this will make them seem unstable. This could not be further from the truth. You are a human being with different gifts and talents. You simply do not need all of them for certain positions. It is important for you, as a job seeker, to know how to sell yourself in the best possible way. In order to make your resume more attractive you must know which abilities, experiences and degrees will help you put the chances on your side.

They do not make their own research

Job seekers who do not take the time to make their personal research about the company set themselves for failure. When you apply for a job on the internet, you are in the perfect place (the internet) to make all of the necessary research about the company, it’s mission, vision and culture so that you are in a better position to answer your interview questions.

Not providing an email or phone number where they can be contacted easily

When applying online, it is crucial to give the right contact info. Chances are, if your recruiter cannot find you, you might loose your chance to get the position. Make sure you give a phone number where you can easily be contacted or an email address that is directly linked to your mobile phone. Check your messages, mails and voicemail regularly so that you do not miss anything!

Rushing into the process too quickly

Seeing an interesting position online can get exciting. However, it is important to take your time and not rush the process. This is not to tell you that you need to sit there and let the opportunities pass you by but it means that you need to take the time to analyze the job description properly in order to be sure it is what you want to apply for.


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Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Shortstints

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