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Professional Convention Management Association

June 09 2016

4 Simple Rules To Make Yourself Look Better In The Job Search

Angela Campiere


Searching for a new job is a tedious and (sometimes) disheartening task. You subscribe to countless job posting alerts, apply for multiple positions and day and you still don’t have anything to show for it. What gives? A new study by CareerBuilder might be able to shed some light on the situation. The study polled 1,500 recruiters and hiring managers about what job seekers can do to damage their hiring potential. The results are in and they are surprisingly simple, so check them out before you send out your next round of resumes.

1) Know the requirements.

When polled, 39 percent of hiring managers said that their biggest pet peeve when it comes to job applicants is receiving resumes from individuals who clearly don’t have the necessary and stated qualifications. It might be tedious, but it’s in your best interest to read that job posting thoroughly. Applying for positions in which you aren’t qualified for not only wastes both your and the hiring manager’s time, but it could also hurt your chances at landing an interview for a job you’re more qualified for within that company.

2) Be realistic.

Out of the 1,500 recruiters polled, 18 percent said that if a candidate has unrealistic expectations about their potential salary, it’s a deal breaker. Make sure you do your homework before your interview and get a sense of what similar positions in your city are paying. Asking a six-figure salary for an entry-level meeting planning position will both get you laughed out of the office and ruin your credibility with the hiring department for future opportunities down the road.

3) Tell the truth.

Lying about your work experience is never a good idea. Thirteen percent of the hiring managers polled said that they’d cross a candidate off the list if they catch them lying about their experience or qualifications. While using appropriate buzzwords is never a bad idea, make sure those buzzwords are working to paint an accurate picture of the experience you’ve had in your previous positions.

4) Communication is key.

Follow-up can be a tricky strategy to master. Eight percent of hiring managers said that a job seeker checking in on progress too frequently is a major pet peeve, while another eight percent said that they don’t like it when a candidate isn’t responsive enough. Where does that leave you? It’s obvious that it’s important to follow-up with your interviewer post-interview, but remember that she has a full-time position outside of responding to your emails. Give her time to respond to your email before you shoot her another note, but don’t go radio-silent. A little nudge here and there will keep you on the radar without becoming a nuisance.

Now that you’ve mastered what not to do, check out what is becoming just as important as your actual resume.

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