Being a job seeker can be challenging, and ultimately frustrating if it lingers for a longer period than what you may have envisaged as a job seeker. Mistakes made by Nigerian job seekers are beyond the limit but we’ll touch as much as possible in this write-up and recommend the best possible ways to minimize these mistakes made by job seekers.
Below are some of the common mistakes that job seekers make.
Job Seekers Mistake #1
Using a “Generic” Curriculum Vitae (Resume) and Cover Letters
Using specific curriculum vitae to apply for varying positions that often differ in job descriptions and job requirements is a sheer waste of efforts by most job seekers. Job descriptions and requirements are unique thus, skills, experience and requirements for these should be tailored to meet these needs.
Job seekers that get the chance to be called for an interview are those whose CV matched the job specification and requirements.
This is not meant to encourage imputation of false information about you skills, qualifications and competence in your curriculum vitae, rather there are ways you can tweak your CV and cover letter to look closely relevant to what the recruiter seeks. Using similar words used in the job adverts and mentioning the name of the firm in your cover letter can make it look less generic. This will create an aura of uniqueness about the job seeker and form a sense of belonging towards the firm.
Job Seekers Mistake #2
Lack of Adequate Preparation For interviews
The first and simple prerequisite upon getting an interview invite is, reading up about the company that invites you, read as much as possible about it. Most job seekers make the mistake assuming they already know enough about a certain company without striving to have an in-depth knowledge of its vision, mission other main products of the firm besides its primary product.
Ability to prove you know beyond the peripheral will make the recruiter aware that you have a genuine interest in the firm. This will prove you’re not merely seeking to be on their payroll. Going for an interview without knowing a company’s products, the top executives is a lost cause long before it began.
Job Seekers Mistake #3
Poor Body Language
Body language entails the conscious and unconscious movements and postures through which job seekers convey attitude and feelings. Body language is a huge part of human communications. The unconscious part of body language carries the real picture of who a person is.
Body language has a significant level of impact on the chances of scaling through an interview.
For instance, the look on a job seeker’s face after being asked a question may portray confusion, an indications lack of knowledge about a certain subject or poor concentration. The sitting posture of an individual may portray lack of enthusiasm or a sense of urgency. Lastly and most importantly, is lack of eye contact. Lack of eye contact in the process of communicating with an interviewer implies a lack of confidence. This is a big turn off for most job interviewer.
A job seeker at the moment of entering the venue of an interview must demonstrate, alertness, consciousness and a sense of urgency. The interviewer should be able to see desire and hunger to get the job from the job seeker.
Desire and hunger should not be confused with desperation. While some job seekers are eager to get the job some are desperate. Desperation is rooted in despair and hopelessness if sense by an interviewer will lead to the rejection of a job seeker. As a job seeker give your best during the interview and be positive.
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