10 Mistakes of Applications
Many job seekers giveup quickly after they apply few times to job vacancies online, what’s the reasons?
Here are 10 reasons Employers will not shortlist the Job Seeker.
1- The Job Vacancy still open: It means that the Employer still need CVs to compare and shortlist candidates for the job advertised, normally the Employer will not shortlist any applicant before the deadline. Normally, the process of shortlist will take 1-2 weeks after the deadline.
2- Job seekers applying quickly without reading the details of the vacancy: They don’t exactly know the qualifications and the skills requested by the employer, even male job seekers applying for female jobs sometimes or a job seeker has bachelor degree in Engineering applying for Medical Assistant vacancy job because they didn’t read the details carefully.
3- Job seekers apply indiscriminately for jobs that don’t match their skills and experience: Employers are spammed by unqualified and marginally qualified people who apply for each posted job. Yet, reviewing every resume, hoping for a gem, the interesting applicant who doesn’t quite fit the hiring profile, is critical to find superior employees. So, the employer is stuck evaluating them all.
4- Job seekers applying for jobs based far away from their locations of residence: In this case, the Employer will not shortlist the applicant because they do not have accommodation allowance.
5- Job seekers have no years experiences applying for jobs required years of experience or applying to high grade levels: The agency almost has no time to learn the job seeker or sending them to a training courses, Employers need someone fill the gaps and work.
6- Job seekers think that they are the only one who is applying: In fact, tens of applications received by the employer for each job vacancy, the agency almost needs one staff.
7- Job seekers present their credentials unprofessionally: Their resume and cover letters contain typos, grammatical errors, incomplete thoughts, portions copied and pasted from prior applications to different employers, and details not requested for the current job. Recently, a governmental employer added the caveat that applications mailed in stationery belonging to the current employer would not be considered. The same applies to emailed applications from the current employer’s address.
8- Job seekers lie on their resume or bolster their credentials by blurring details or leaving out pertinent facts: In a recent SHRM study, 64% of HR professionals did not extend a job offer to a potential employee because their background reference check showed inaccurate dates of previous employment. Lies of omission or commission will haunt a job seeker. Commonly, employers consider lying on application materials grounds for dismissal – even years after the employee was hired. Employers should dig deeply to check the accuracy of applicant credentials such as claimed degrees
9- Job seekers fail to research the company. In one recent interview for a software development company, the job seeker hadn’t visited the company website or become familiar with the products. How can a job seeker tell an employer how well he or she will fit the job and the company when the applicant didn’t even visit the website? In fact, how can the job seeker even apply? This is hardly the face to present to a potential employer. And, it speaks volumes for potential job performance. Or, it should.
10- Job seekers think they can get a job after 2-3 applications, which is wrong: For example, you’re number 15 in a job vacancy among applicants, and you’re number 9 in another job, and you’re number 6 in another one, and expect you’ll be number 3 in a job vacancy and you get shortlisted.