I have to say, if there is one thing that annoys me about recruiting, it’s seeing candidates make simple mistakes on their resumes, during phone screens, or in the interview. Stupid, easily correctable, how-do-they-not-know-not-to-do-that kind of mistakes. Now, I’m not trying to do a post about how stupid job seekers are. Really, I’m not. I was, am, and will be a job seeker too and trust me, I know how frustrating it is. Mind-numbingly frustrating. It’s still hard out there and maybe that’s why I find it even more upsetting when I see an otherwise good candidate, someone who probably could be a good employee if given a chance, do something that I cannot overlook. Especially these days. No, especially because of these days.
Why? Two words: Google. It. Seriously. We live in a day and age when information is accessible in an instant. All you have to do is a simple internet search and you will be swamped with job seeking advice. Sure, you have to sort through the good, the bad, and the asinine; but it isn’t that hard to find credible, useful advice on what to do or, more importantly, not to do. And all of that information is free! Don’t have internet access or a computer? Go to the library. They have computers for use and books (gasp!) that can help you. If you are looking for any type of skilled labor position, one that requires computer skills and at least a high school degree, this should not be difficult. Not these days.
So, before you apply for one more job, take the time to research the job search process itself. I know, I know, you know everything, right? Well, indulge me a little. If you have ever found yourself bashing a former employer in an interview, or getting too personal on a resume, or hell, even forgetting to use spell check (who hasn’t?) please make sure you put as much time into learning how to look for work as you do actually looking for work.