Sometimes even the most qualified candidates don’t get the job. You might have all the right qualifications, skills and experience but with the wrong attitude and poor behavior you’ll be dropped quicker than a hot potato. To increase your chances of getting a job here are the behavior fails you need to avoid:
1. Lack of conversation.
Communication is key. Too much is poisonous and too little conversation is deadly. Whether in a job interview or searching for a job make sure you come across informed, interesting and interested. Read up on what’s happening in your field and industry as well as general news. Stay in communication with people in your network to make sure you’re at the front of their minds, but be careful not to become annoying.
2. Waiting on others to take action.
Searching for your dream job is your responsibility. Don’t rely on your network to do the hard work for you. They may have said their willing to help find you a job but unless you take action nothing will happen. Find out who you need to be speaking to and how to do it. Invite people for a coffee and tap them for information. Rarely will the job ever find you (unless you’re the best in the field). You need to find that job.
3. Not staying current.
Technologies and business practices change at an alarming pace. Don’t get left behind. Just because your old company did something one way doesn’t mean that it is the only way to get results. Use this period of unemployment to improve your technical skills.
4. Unwilling to start at the bottom.
It doesn’t matter who you are or what position you had at your last company. If you want to find work in a new industry or profession you may have to start at the bottom and work your way up. Be humble and accept the opportunity to learn from others – it will help you in the long run.
5. Me. Me.
Your job search is less about what you want but what you can do for the employer. This is how recruiters think. They care less about ‘you, you, you’, your dreams and aspirations and more about how and what you can do for the company, how you previous experience and skills are valuable.
6. Talking bad.
Nobody wants to work with someone who is poisonous, spreading negativity and dirt about other people. Stay away from talking bad about previous employers or colleagues – it will only make you look petty. Keep a positive attitude and talk less about the problem and more about solutions.