Use the mistakes below as lessons on what you should do (and not do) in order to get your dream job or become more of a professional. Check back regularly to this series on Milwaukee Millennial to make sure you aren’t making these costly job mistakes that are leaving you asking Why Didn’t I Get the Job?
You don’t have to be overtly rude for your manners to be the reason you won’t get hired. Many companies will talk to every person that interacts with a candidate to get their impression. Receptionists
Whether your clothes are too tight or too loose, an outfit not fitting correctly can seal your fate. Usually, it is men wearing too big of jackets or women wearing too tight of pants. Make sure that you are looking your best. Yes, you might have to spend some money to get new clothes, but the trade off is getting a job… which means that money will quickly be replenished and then some.
I have caught people lying on their profiles and specifically called them out for that. You better believe that an employer knowing that you are lying is the quickest way to lose all credibility. Every single thing that you put out there for an employer needs to be 100% true, you need to be able to talk about it extensively, and someone else should be able to verify it.
Using a template on Word for your resume isn’t a bad place to start. However, you should realize that everyone has access to these templates and too many people use them without changing them up. These templates usually have a distinctive logo, watermark, or monogram that is created and although you may like it, you aren’t the only one. You want to stand out among the other candidates, not make the first thought of a recruiter be “not this template again…”
Check back each week for more costly job mistakes and ways to make sure YOU get the job.