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Are you looking for a job?

Here are some common mistakes that you should avoid. Getting a job is all about looking hard and in the right places and, most important of all, selling yourself.

A “fun” e-mail address.
Spelling mistakes on your resume.

You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression:

  • “To work as waitres”
  • “I am loking for a job”
Using lazy words on your resume, like using “etc” and abbreviations.
A resume that says nothing.

Remember, you are selling yourself!

The wrong resume for the job.

Always ask yourself: does this version of my resume fit the job?

Keep it simple.

Badly laid out resume. Keep it tidy and simple to read. Not with 10 different fonts and colours.

Not including a cover letter or email.

Always use this to explain your interest and as a way to sell yourself quickly.

Quick Tips:

  • Introduce yourself.
  • Highlight your key selling points – skills & experiences.
  • Finish with a “call to action”, e.g., requesting an interview.
Badly dressed at the interview.

Always better to be overdressed than underdressed. Smart never goes out of fashion for an employer.

Looking only online.

There are many jobs that never get advertised online.

Dirty or messy hair.

Your personal hygiene really does make an impression.

Too nervous to smile.

Remember, you must show your human side and smile.

Limiting the area.

Think beyond the obvious areas, and you will have a better chance to find a job.

Forgetting the potential of your network.

Your contacts are the best way to find a job.

No follow-up.

If you send an email or call a day or two after the interview, you will impress them with your enthusiasm.

Forgetting to turn off your phone.

It is not professional to have your phone ring in an interview.

Not expressing your enthusiasm for the job.

Show how keen you are and tell them how keen.

Inconsistent information.

Get your dates and details right. A good interviewer will find your lies!

Ignoring social media’s potential.

Think about Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media platforms.

Feeling down about rejection.

Rejection is all part of life. Move on to the next opportunity quickly. Move on!

It is a numbers game.

The more applications you make, the better your chances!