Being a job seeker can be challenging, and ultimately frustrating if it lingers for a longer period than what you may have envisaged as a job seeker. Mistakes made by Nigerian job seekers are beyond the limit but we’ll touch as much as possible in this write-up and recommend the best possible ways to minimize these mistakes made by job seekers.
Below are some of the common mistakes that job seekers make.
Job Seekers Mistake #1
Using a “Generic” Curriculum Vitae (Resume) and Cover Letters
Using specific curriculum vitae to apply for varying positions that often differ in job descriptions and job requirements is a sheer waste of efforts by most job seekers. Job descriptions and requirements are unique thus, skills, experience and requirements for these should be tailored to meet these needs.
Job seekers that get the chance to be called for an interview are those whose CV matched the job specification and requirements.
This is not meant to encourage imputation of false information about you skills, qualifications and competence in your curriculum vitae, rather there are ways you can tweak your CV and cover letter to look closely relevant to what the recruiter seeks. Using similar words used in the job adverts and mentioning the name of the firm in your cover letter can make it look less generic. This will create an aura of uniqueness about the job seeker and form a sense of belonging towards the firm.
Job Seekers Mistake #2
Lack of Adequate Preparation For interviews
The first and simple prerequisite upon getting an interview invite is, reading up about the company that invites you, read as much as possible about it. Most job seekers make the mistake assuming they already know enough about a certain company without striving to have an in-depth knowledge of its vision, mission other main products of the firm besides its primary product.
Ability to prove you know beyond the peripheral will make the recruiter aware that you have a genuine interest in the firm. This will prove you’re not merely seeking to be on their payroll. Going for an interview without knowing a company’s products, the top executives is a lost cause long before it began.
Job Seekers Mistake #3
Poor Body Language
Body language entails the conscious and unconscious movements and postures through which job seekers convey attitude and feelings. Body language is a huge part of human communications. The unconscious part of body language carries the real picture of who a person is.
Body language has a significant level of impact on the chances of scaling through an interview.
For instance, the look on a job seeker’s face after being asked a question may portray confusion, an indications lack of knowledge about a certain subject or poor concentration. The sitting posture of an individual may portray lack of enthusiasm or a sense of urgency. Lastly and most importantly, is lack of eye contact. Lack of eye contact in the process of communicating with an interviewer implies a lack of confidence. This is a big turn off for most job interviewer.
A job seeker at the moment of entering the venue of an interview must demonstrate, alertness, consciousness and a sense of urgency. The interviewer should be able to see desire and hunger to get the job from the job seeker.
Desire and hunger should not be confused with desperation. While some job seekers are eager to get the job some are desperate. Desperation is rooted in despair and hopelessness if sense by an interviewer will lead to the rejection of a job seeker. As a job seeker give your best during the interview and be positive.
Job Seekers Mistake #4
Trying To Induce Favouritism
The idea that jobs in Nigerian are only gotten via connection has influenced many Nigerian job seekers into employing varying means to influence recruiters in the selection process. Owing to some selected mushroom firms, in 90 per cent of cases have only yielded negative results. Trying to influence an interviewer into picking you only creates an impression on how you will man the position you may be given. The only way you can influence a reputable firm is by giving your best in the selection and recruitment process.
Job seekers stand at a bigger risk of losing a position rather than having the said job if they try influencing the selection process.
Job Seekers Mistake #5
Depending Solely on Job Postings and Online Networking
Online networking like LinkedIn and job postings are the modern trends in the recruitment industry, firms pay for publicity of vacancies but the bitter truth is: job seekers on a daily basis do get a job besides these methods. The traditional method of getting jobs still works. Do not hide only behind android devices and computer only.
In fact, sometimes job postings work best for specific specialization that may be difficult to come by. Checking out on public job posting or newspaper publications is also worth part of your time. As a Jobseeker, you may decide to submit a hard copy of your curriculum vitae and cover later to some organisations that are in your field.
Often times, this sort of unsolicited application are given consideration first. Upon submission of unsolicited application, you must look out for publication of vacancies by these same organisations chances are you may still not be called after you have applied for the same advertised position until you submit online.
Besides building online networking, build public networking; never burn the bridge of your former place of work regardless of the manner at which you left the place. Most employer will seek reference from your former place of work before making the final call. Keeping a good reputation is key.
Job Seekers Mistake #6
Focusing So Much Or Less On Pay During Interviews
The first rule is, never bring up the issue of pay if we’ve not been asked question that pertains to it. Second rule is, never downplay the importance of salary during interview. As a job seeker, you must be ready to create the right balance between both as they both have effects on your chances of getting the job and how happy you’ll be in the job afterwards. Don’t appear too greedy as no firm will employ candidates that will not be satisfied with their pay neither will they employ candidate whose demand appear to be too lofty.
According to Monster, in a recent poll, many job applicants don’t negotiate salary and benefit for fear of rejection, over half of the applicant didn’t negotiate vacation time and almost half of the same regret such decision
The best approach to this part of an interview is to have an idea of how much the firm pays for that specific role or the industry standard for the said position. After having an idea of what the pay is, state your demand in a range rather than giving a specific figure as your demand.