Common Job Application Mistakes

When applying for a job it is very easy to forget that you are not the only person applying for that vacancy. Below are a few mistakes around 40% of job applicants make when applying for jobs.

 

1. Failing to follow job advert details properly.

Spending a few seconds to read and follow instructions can make the difference between success and failure. You should treat applying for a job as you would treat any paid job – Attention to detail.

 

2. Not adding a CV.

A lot of job applicants send emails saying "I am interested in this job" yet fail to add a CV. Your email message is of no use to the employer and in most cases will be deleted without a response. Employers are very busy people and do not have time for timewasting as they have a lot more serious applicants to deal with.

 

3. Applying in your native language.

If a job asks you to apply in English or another language, there is no point applying in your native language. It just shows "laziness" or a failure to follow instructions.

 

4. Not Naming your CV.

While this is not a mistake, it helps your chances if you call your CV, "yourname.doc" instead of just CV.doc. In some cases the employer may just delete your CV when they save it as it has the same name as everybody elses. Always make it easier for the employer to remember who you are and easier to find your details.

 

5. Failure to add a picture.

When applying for an international job, it is important that the employer has an idea of who you are, as they may not be meeting you in advance. Sending a CV without a picture may mean that the employer develops no emotional attachment for your application and more emotion for your rival applicant with same skills as you and who has a picture on their CV. Keep the picture simple – it is not a selfie for Instagram!

 

6.Sending a CV without a message.

Many applicants send a CV to employers without even a hello. Not only is this unprofessional but it is also quite rude. When you apply for a job, always make sure you add at least one short sentence. It will not take you more than a few seconds and tells the employer exactly what you want as they may have many different jobs.

Simple example - Dear Sir/Madam, I am interested in your “name of the job” please see my CV.

 

 

7.Make a list of jobs you apply for.

A lot of people apply for jobs and “forget” about it. There is nothing more unprofessional when an employer contacts you within a few days and you say “I don't remember.” Making a simple list of jobs you apply for in any particular month will help you keep on top of your applications.

 

8.Don't apply to every single job

It is tempting to apply to every job you see, but that is wrong. Apply for jobs that meet your skills as well as desires. Spend your time applying for jobs wisely, as applying for jobs you are not qualified to do will usually end in failure.