A job application mistake can cost you your chance at a first interview. Recruiters look for common job application mistakes to help them eliminate candidates. This narrows down the list of resumes they have to read.
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Take special care to avoid the most common job application mistakes so that you don’t accidentally hurt your chances.
Three Mistakes to Avoid After Sending in Applications:
1. Applying for Another Position in the Same Company
You’ll have a very hard time proving that you are right for one job if the hiring manager sees that you have also applied for another. Companies do not like to be spammed. They like to envision that you are applying because you believe you are best for that one job. Sending in another application will immediately undercut your initial application. One company, one job.
2. Contacting the Company Too Soon
There is sometimes a benefit to following up with the company to see the status of your application, and to see if they have any questions about your candidacy. But most jobs have an application period. If you contact the company before the application process is closed (or too soon after), you may seem pushy or desperate in a way that creates a negative first impression.
3. Forgetting the Company and Details
Sending in an application should never be a “set and forget” process. Once you’ve sent it in, save the details of the job description, save the contact information, save the job title, save the company, and do your research.
That is because at any point you could get a call back. If you forgot what the job is, or you forgot some detail of what the company asked for, it could come back to hurt you in the process.
Other Mistakes to Avoid
In addition, you should also make sure you withdraw your application when you take another job, since it helps keep the door open if you decide you’d like a change. You should also make sure you do not check and re-check the hiring manager’s LinkedIn, because they’ll see that you’re checking in and may believe you to be desperate.
Finally, you should remember that the hiring manager may someday look for more information about you. Keep your LinkedIn up to date, create more professional Twitter posts, and make sure that they will like what they see.