Most people dread having to look for employment. There’s just so much work involved in preparing yourself for the job market, and sometimes it’s overwhelming.
Not only must you worry about your résumé, you’ve also got cover letters to draft, emails to write, and more. In fact, that’s barely scraping the surface.
Now, being fully immersed in the digital age, there are also things that older generations didn’t even have to consider. Here are just some of today’s most commonly made mistakes.
Providing Conflicting or Inaccurate Information
Once upon a time, we had just one résumé to worry about. Now, it’s replicated in other digital forms as well, like our LinkedIn profiles and possibly on portfolio sites as well.
It’s important to ensure your LinkedIn page and any other online profiles accurately reflect what’s on your résumé.
Additionally, you’ll want to make sure all mentioned or linked emails, websites, and portfolios are up to date, too.
Not Responding or Following Up When Contacted
Communications are faster than ever these days, so people expect timely responses. Be sure to promptly respond to any communications with a reply or follow-up.
Even if a position doesn’t interest you, following up makes you more memorable.
Not Giving Your References a Heads Up
If you name someone as a reference, make sure you let them know. Nobody likes to be caught off guard by an unexpected phone call. Plus, your references should be aware of what job(s) you’re applying to as well.
Making Your Personal Life Public or Oversharing Online
There’s a good chance your potential employer is going to look you up online. Not only might they visit the links you provide, but they could also google you or plug your name into Facebook, too. Many people have accounts on multiple social media platforms, and they often aren’t difficult to find.
What you want a hiring manager to see is the most professional version of you, not your crazy social life.
Google yourself and see what comes up. Then, check out any social media sites on which you’ve created accounts. If you share personal information or embarrassing photos on Facebook, you should have strong security settings.
Keep in mind, even if you have hidden your posts and tagged photos, other things may remain visible. This includes likes, groups, events, and other activity.
Posting Inappropriate Material on Public Accounts
If you’re active on social media platforms like Twitter or Instagram, ensure that your content is all work-appropriate.
This doesn’t just apply to your own posts either. It also applies to comments and replies you’ve made as well as photos in which you may be tagged.
Not Deactivating Abandoned Social Accounts
Don’t forget about those super-old accounts either. Did you ever have a LiveJournal, MySpace, or Tumblr? Make sure even your unused accounts are accounted for and deactivated if necessary.