Are You Making These 5 Common Job Application Errors?

Article written by Angela Hydes, Marketing and Content Contributor. Follow us at @TALGroup.

In an average day, our recruiting experts review between 300 to 450 resumes. That’s a whole lot of CVs. We have noticed time and time again that the common errors job applicants make are repetitive, and it’s a true shame. Many of their errors could be easily avoided through more cautious proofreading and taking more care.

As you read our list of 5 common job applicant errors, consider whether your resume is plagued with any of these issues and fix it ASAP. Every minute lost separates you from your life goals and dream job.

1. Los uf Spellin Erros

Seriously, folks. Proofread your work and make use of the marvelous technology that is available at our fingertips. Almost every tool you can use to assemble a resume offers a spell check tool. Turn it on and review your work. Employers won’t take seriously a candidate who is lazy enough to leave spelling mistakes on their CV.

2. Lack of Adequate Qualifications

Job descriptions aren’t just there to look pretty. They are provided to let you know what the hiring manager is looking for in their ideal candidate. If you lack the majority of the skills listed – and this includes a local work Visa – simply move onto another role. Spending valuable time on a job application for which you are not qualified simply wastes your time and the manager’s.

3. You are Sir Resume Spamalot

It is upsetting how many candidates send identical copies of their resume to multiple employers, neglecting any type of customization whatsoever. If you are sending the same copy of your resume and cover letter to different companies, the likeliness of hearing back is minimal. Consider this: each job is unique and you should be uniquely catering your CV to each hiring manager. Don’t be sloppy.

4. Avoiding Dates of Employment

To shirk from questions about gaps in employment, some candidates decide to remove all dates associated to employment tenure. Sadly, this just results in lost credibility of the CV and makes the hiring manager wonder what the candidate is hiding.

5. All Function, No Action

While listing the responsibilities in your role is helpful, hiring managers want to know about your impact. How did you change your team? Did you grow a portfolio, and if so, by how much? Seasoned leaders know that focusing on impact versus function stresses their individual strengths and influence in the workplace.  

If you would like to discuss next steps in your career path, don’t hesitate to reach out. One of our recruitment experts would be happy to review your resume and discuss options, your expectations and professional goals.  Call us at (416) 599 1825 or e-mail us here


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