It is easy to commit job-hunting sins, you can even do it without knowing it. In today’s competitive environment it can be hard enough to find a job but you should have a least some idea if you are doing it right.

If you are struggling to obtain interviews or are getting interviews but no follow-ups then you need to make certain your job search avoids these 4 deadly sins.

4 Deadly Sins Of Job Hunting

Having no strategy  

Any good job hunt begins with a plan and a strategy. The main issues to address here include the specific types of jobs you want to look for and prospective employers that match your value. By having a strategy put in place it allows you to quickly uncover your perfect career opportunities without wasting time.

Problems with your Resume / CV 

Main problems with resumes / CV can include misleading or untruthful information ( the typical ones being start & end employment dates) weak writing, no visible results from previous jobs and non-existent accomplishments. Whilst networking can be a great way to discover job leads your CV is your main pivotal to obtaining interviews. The more you can showcase yourself through your CV the better chance you have of obtaining a job. You have to be sharp and tailor each CV to a specific employer and job.

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Poor job interview preparation and/or weak interviewing skills.

When we talk with employers, we hear the horror stories of job-seekers who arrive for interviews either completely unprepared or clueless about how badly they interview. Once your networking and resume get you in the door, your focus should be on researching the company, both for its interviewing approach and to prepare you to ask and answer interview questions. We recommend job-seekers anticipate the most likely questions that will be asked and prepare strong and relevant responses.

If you have had trouble with previous interviews, conduct mock interviews and other practice techniques to get you ready for the big day. Finally, remember the importance of first impressions and dress professionally, make eye contact and smile, and always greet the interviewer(s) with a firm, dry handshake.

Little or no follow-up.

The burden is always on the job-seeker to follow-up with employers about potential job leads and after job interviews. While some employers may contact you, most are too busy with other obligations and responsibilities. While it’s harder to follow-up all your job applications, do the best you can because your persistence will lead to interviews.

Similarly, after job interviews, first follow up with thank-you letters to each person who interviewed you. But also continue to follow up with the hiring manager and/or key contact to show your continued interest and enthusiasm for the position.