Job seekers make lots of mistakes. I want to focus on what mistakes job seekers make on social media sites as well as voice mail and e-mail.
On Facebook, job-seekers use party pictures or pictures of a vacation spot as their profile picture. Also, they fail to give a clear meaning in their Bio what they are looking for in a job, fail to list contact information and job history and leaving their profiles non-private.
On Twitter, they mix personal and business use on the same account, lack of personal branding, lack of networking and building relationships.
On Linkedin, they are not putting time and effort into their profile picture to reflect who they are honestly. Also, they fail to find their audience and develop their brand and fail to be descriptive in their professional headline, not customizing the profile URL to be more precise and self explanatory.
In a voice mail, job seekers speak too fast and not clearly, not clear in the reason they are calling and fail to leave full name and call back number. Also, not having a personalized greeting for when the potential employer calls back.
In an email, most common mistakes include not attaching a resume correctly or in the right form, misspelling of words, not using complete sentences, no complete thought, no personalized signature and using descriptive words in the email address instead of their name.
The impact of these gaffes becomes negative and leads the employer to wonder if a person can survive in a social environment as well as be an asset and create success for the company.
These gaffes can be avoided by never trying to be someone you are not, be comfortable with yourself, always be truthful and honest. Ask yourself the question, “Is this me”? If so practice on making yourself better, listen to constructive criticism and be willing to learn how to conquer this social awkwardness. Always use spell check and for your emails and proofread before sending.
If not avoided the negative impact can be mitigated by being given a chance to learn and improve from information and feedback from the employer. In return, show the employer you can improve through action of what they have conveyed to you.
I hope you have enjoyed this post. If you feel I have left something out or want to add to a certain section, feel free to let me know in a comment.