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What Not To Do When You Want the Job

What Not To Do When You Want the Job

You've scoured the help-wanted ads, networked, dropped off applications and even been on a few interviews, but you haven't landed a job. What are you doing wrong? While it's possible that you've simply had bad luck or need to re-evaluate how well your professional qualifications match the requirements of the positions you're applying for, you may be unintentionally sabotaging your employment chances. Avoid these six missteps to increase your chances of being hired.

1. Submitting Sloppy Work
Employers want people who can get the job done right. If you're completing applications that are messy, mistake-ridden or incomplete, they may easily conclude that your work will be the same.

2. Displaying Unprofessional Behavior Before the Interview
Many people assume that the only time their behavior matters is during the interview, but that's often wrong. Candidates who are rude or unprofessional while interacting with receptionists and other front-line employees when picking up or dropping off applications or scheduling interviews may find themselves out of consideration.

3. Acting Unprofessionally During the Interview
Strangely, many jobseekers see nothing wrong with arriving late, chewing gum, telling off-color anecdotes or answering their cellphones during an interview. Potential employers, however, tend to see this unprofessional behavior as a red flag.

4. Using Vulgar or Profane Language
Employees serve as representatives of the companies that they work for, so employers want to know that the people they hire can be trusted to interact appropriately with the public. Candidates who use vulgar or profane language on their application or during their interview are likely to find themselves without a job offer.

5. Dressing Inappropriately
Deep necklines, funky hemlines and dramatic makeup may be fine when you're off the clock, but most employers want employees who can dress appropriately while they're at work. This means clothing that is sloppy or unprofessional can be a strike against you. Displaying tattoos or unusual piercings may also be frowned on.

6. Demanding Special Treatment
While prospective employers realize that people have busy lives, they want employees who will treat their jobs like a priority. If you begin demanding special treatment before you've even received a job offer, you probably won't be hired.

Managers in charge of hiring expect each candidate to be on their best behavior while under consideration. Falling short by making any of these missteps can put an end to your hopes of being hired. If your job search has been unsuccessful, review your behavior. Be honest. If you discover that you've been making one or more of these mistakes, then correct it before your next interview. Doing so may lead to the job offer you've been hoping for.



Article Added: 08/04/2016

Posted By: Paul Docherty