Applying for a job and receiving an offer letter is a frustrating endeavour, though it can be overcome. If your applications have been rejected more often, then it is time for you to look back in retrospect and make amends. It is not practical to lay threadbare every mistake you may have made, but remember it could be one of the following 5 common mistakes that many inexperienced job applicants commit.
1. You used a generic CV that was not focused on your employer’s needs. Writing a CV is a tiring and extremely tedious work that not many applicants really love. But, there is no other way out. To make your CV stand out from the rest, tailor make a CV specific to each employer. Lay your focus on what your employer expects of you. Visit their website or talk to someone within the organization who can guide you in writing your CV. The more you understand your employer; the better will your CV be able to focus on addressing your employer’s needs and expectations.
2. You forgot to include a cover letter and your prospective employer forgets to send you an offer letter. Though you make have included every bit of information in your CV, it is the cover letter that will speak on your behalf. Remember that not everyone have the time to run through your CV before sending in an offer letter. A cover letter that clearly and crisply states your achievements and experience is all that some employers want, and, when your CV is without it, you become a loser.
3. You fail to follow up your job application and you get forgotten. Patience generally pays well, but doesn’t mean you send an application and wait for an interview call. Competition for jobs is very intense, and most businesses receive good numbers of applications almost every day. Therefore it is natural that they get buried somewhere in one of the hundreds of files that offices maintain. To get due attention on your application, follow up your application with a phone call and enquire. Show your enthusiasm for the position, and you will more likely receive an interview call.
4. You fail to prepare for the interview days ahead and you will lose an offer. One of the most common reasons for not receiving an offer letter is poor performance during the interview. Prepare ahead for the interview by choosing the right attire, rehearsing your answers and understanding your employer’s business. We recommend that you keep couple references in case your employer will want to talk to them. Talk to your reference ahead of the interview and keep them informed of what transpires during the interview.
5. Here are other reasons that can potentially strangle your endeavors – failure to show enthusiasm, unprofessionally dressed during interview, inappropriate reference, poor feedback from references, and lack of follow up after an interview, failure to send a letter of thank you after the interview and evading direct replies to questions.
Though you may want to apply independently, we encourage you to consult an employment agency before you apply. The advantages are: you will be apprised ahead, you will get professional guidance and you will be able to negotiate a better pay package. Recruiters will also be able to give you specific information in preparing your CV.
Applying for a job and not receiving an offer letter is a frustrating endeavour, though it can be overcome. If your applications have been rejected more often, then it is time for you to look back in retrospect and make amends.