You’ve been continuously submitting resumes like Donald Trump sends tweets. Yet the responses to your applications are minimal — or nonexistent. What gives? Maybe you’re new to the workforce. Or you’ve been You’ve been continuously submitting resumes like Donald Trump sends tweets. Yet the responses to your applications are minimal — or nonexistent. What gives? Maybe you’re new to the workforce. Or you’ve been out of it for a while and feel a bit unsure about how to get your feet wet again.
These days, it’s not enough to cling to conventional basics. When it comes to the job search, you must think outside the box. But there are many ways to make and break your career prospects. And as it turns out, it’s pretty easy to derail your success just by being blatantly unaware of your mistakes. Any one of these small errors can have a big impact on your future. That’s why we’re delving into 16 ways you’re sabotaging your own job search, so you can start putting your best foot forward today.
1. You sent your resume in a Word document
Submitting your resume in a .doc format can hinder your career success. PDFs, rather than Word documents, are able to lock essential resume formatting preferences in place, even if they’re read from a phone. And let’s be honest. Who doesn’t check emails on their phones these days? In addition, PDFs can’t be edited or tampered with as they go through various email chains, which is good for your carefully crafted resume.
Recruiter Julie Zollo writes on LinkedIn she gives preferential treatment to applicants who submit a PDF resume verses a .doc resume because it suggests an extra bit of tech savvy and demonstrates a willingness to go the extra mile.
6. You’re only following your passion
Some of the most common work advice on the internet states you must “follow your passion” and “do what you love.” Well that’s all well and good, but sometimes to get where you really want to be in life, you have to kiss a few frogs — so to speak. Not every job will be your dream job. And many successful people will tell you they started at the bottom before working their way into a rewarding career they love. Don’t discredit certain job postings because they don’t meet all your criteria off the bat. Who knows where they could take you?
9. You’re using LinkedIn all wrong
LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman confessed to Business Insider many of LinkedIn’s subscribers use the site all wrong. The networking platform is meant to create a closed network of meaningful connections. But in order for that circle to have any inherent value, every connection request received must be vetted.
Long gone are the days where we blindly accept everyone’s invitation to connect. Instead, we should determine whether we feel comfortable introducing that person to our own professional circle. And if the answer is no, don’t hesitate to decline the invitation.