So, you’ve been putting in applications and you haven’t had a bite. Well, there could be many reasons why you haven’t been offered a job yet. Finding work is work in itself, and you need to be prepared to put in extra effort if you want to gain employment. Some of the most common mistakes people make in looking for work surface during the application process. People mess up during the interview process, as well. We’ve all done it before, but there are measures you can take to fine-tune and hone abilities to maximize results.
It’s actually pretty easy to forget to put down a current address or give the wrong phone number on an application form. Applications can be several pages long, and require attention to detail. That’s why you should always, always, always review your information to make sure it’s as correct as it can be. Little mistakes here and there may not seem like much to you, but to a hiring manager it means negligence. Employers want you to spend as much time as you need to carry out daily responsibilities on the job, so the same should apply when you’re putting together application forms. Making sure application information is correct, up-to-date, and relevant should be a no-brainer.
Dress for Success
A great way to win over management is by visiting a location in person and submitting hiring materials face to face. It commands respect and often leads to a solid first impression. However, there are ways to blow even well-thought-out maneuvers like personal visits or online submissions of hiring forms. If you’re going to go the extra mile and hand in applications directly to management, please be sure to wear appropriate clothing. Really, applicants should wear outfits similar to what employees of desired jobs are wearing. When in doubt, dress in business-casual clothes, which would be polo or button-down shirts for guys and blouses and lengthier skirts or conservative dresses for girls. Suits and ties or formal dresses may even be a good go-to. Discretion should play a large part in gaining employment. You’ve got to know your audience. First impressions may mean the difference between getting a job and getting dismissed.
Need to Do More
A true tell-tale sign of whether or not you’re doing enough in looking for jobs is if you’ve actually received a job offer. If you haven’t, the answer is simple: you’re not. Putting in an application here and there is great, but if you’re serious about gaining employment, you need to come up with a plan that includes the submission of at least one application a day. Yes, that might mean spending a little extra time driving from place to place or sitting at your computer compiling materials and putting in applications. Jobs are hard to come by and you need to show you’re more eager than your competition. Review what you’ve been doing up to this point and figure out places where you could be doing more.
A lot of people forget to do follow ups, and they’re missing out on a vital aspect of applying for jobs. It’s not enough to simply put in an application. Hiring managers want to see applicants take initiative. An applicant who submits an application like any other worker is just that. An applicant that follows up and shows genuine interest in getting the job often gets added preference.
Sending a Thank-you Card/Note
A great way to show extra motivation for a job is to send a personal thank-you card via standard mail after interviewing. A phone call might suffice for initial interview consideration, but once you’ve interviewed submitting a thank-you card should absolutely blow your potential manager away. It might be a hassle, but it demonstrates professional work ethics and self-motivation, traits hiring personnel love in workers. A thank-you card follow-up might even make all the difference.
If your employment searches stall and you can’t seem to find work, try some of the ideas I mentioned above. More often than not, applicants need to assert themselves a little more and a job opportunity usually follows. Review your applications, dress appropriately if making personal, onsite visits, follow up after submitting hiring materials, and remember you can always be doing more. Landing a job is a job, but making the extra effort and fine-tuning what you’re doing already pays off, literally.