Some of the most common job hunting mistakes which could be putting off potential employers.

A lot of us are making significant mistakes when on the lookout for a new job and chances are that few of us even realise we’re making them. Although the blunders mentioned below are very easy to make, they could be putting off potential employers and costing you valuable job offers.

Failing to plan

If you want to succeed in your job search, you need a plan. This enables you to effectively target the right roles, manage your time better and strategise how you approach hiring managers more effectively.

Your plan should include tasks such as updating your CV, writing cover letters, deciding how long you’re going to spend applying for jobs and when you’re going to do this and even planning networking opportunities to help you grow your list of contacts.

Applying for as many jobs as possible

Whether you want to leave your current job as soon as possible because it’s making your miserable or you’re unemployed and need an income quickly, the feeling of needing a job is scary.

Because we tend to panic in situations like this, a lot of us end up applying to anything and everything. While you may think you’re simply increasing the odds of securing a role quickly, this technique can backfire. If recruiters see you’re applying for such varied roles, they’re going to think you’re unsure about what you want to do and they’re also likely to worry that you could jump ship as soon as the opportunity you’re really looking for arises.

Another problem with this technique is that you’re wasting valuable time applying for jobs that are unsuitable for you. You’re much better off taking the time to research roles effectively and only applying to those you feel fit your skills and will help you to develop your career.

Forgetting your achievements

Most of us simply list our experience on our CV and while this is of course necessary, it doesn’t highlight any of your achievements. As well as writing out your skills, make sure that you include any accomplishments you have made in your current role such as a promotion, additional training you undertook and targets you reached or excelled.

Not writing a cover letter

Your CV tells a potential employer what you can do and your cover letter should detail how you can use your skills in the advertised role. Taking the time to write out a personalised cover letter shows the recruiter that you understand the requirements of the job and that you really are keen on the role.

Not monitoring your job search

If you’ve been aimlessly applying for jobs and don’t seem to be getting anywhere, it could be time to sit down and review your tactics. What jobs have you applied to? Who have you spoken to? Are you following up on your applications? Have you been networking? Are you using all the options available to you such as recruitment agencies, online job boards and LinkedIn? Don’t be afraid of branching out and trying new things if your current technique isn’t working.

If you would like help finding your next role, please feel free to get in touch with Alpha and one of our consultants will be more than happy to help.