7 Common Internet Job Search Mistakes

Using the Internet is an important way to find a job. After all, the days of using the ads in the classified section of newspapers are fading. However, there are a number of mistakes that job searchers make online. Here are some of the most common: Sending out resumes and applications for jobs you are not qualified for Just because you can apply for hundreds of jobs easily at the click of a mouse doesnt mean you should. You should apply for jobs that you are actually qualified for, and not go willy-nilly, applying for positions that you have no skills in. For example, if you are an accountant, you are wasting your time, as well as a companys time, by applying for a position as a nurse. Not paying attention to what the job listing asks for If there is a list of instructions or things to do in order to apply for a job, pay close attention to it. Employers write these lists of instructions for a reason, and if you do not pay attention to them, you will ruin your chances of getting the job right from the beginning. For example, if you are asked to include five writing samples, and you do not include any, your resume will most likely go in the trash. Using your current employers email address as your method of contact You would think that people would know better than to send out emails applying for employment using their current employers email address. Not to mention them using their workplaces Internet resources for their job search. But there are a surprising number of employees who do use their current workplaces web access to do their job search. Needless to say, potential future employers are not likely to be impressed to see emails coming from the job seekers work address. Using an unprofessional-sounding email address You dont want to send out an email with an address that says a little too much about you, such as hotmomma@hotmail.com or watchyourmouth@yahoo.com. Keep the jokes and the braggadocio for your private live. So you may want to set up an email address that simply reflects your name, or your name and profession, such as JohnJones@yahoo.com or JaneSmithWriter@gmail.com. Having a poorly formatted resume or job application If you use a job search site that pulls in information from your resume, please be sure that it looks good. Many times, the formatting is off, and people do not fix it. The same goes when it comes to if you have a web page with your resume. Please make sure it is readable on a variety of web browsing programs, and does not require any special plug-ins. Only sticking with one job search site Variety is the spice of life, and variety in job search sites will help you see a bigger number of job postings. So do not feel that you are somehow being disloyal by checking out multiple sites. Exposing too much information If you are currently employed, and you do not want your current employer to know that you are looking, you should change your settings on job search sites to not reveal your name. Otherwise, your employer could find out.

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