TAP In with Tristan : Mistakes to Avoid When Applying to Jobs

Tristan talks about a few mistakes you want to avoid while applying for jobs. Avoid making these simple mistakes throughout your job search, and you may find yourself landing more interviews!

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Tristan: What’s going on, Living Corporate? It’s Tristan, and I want to thank you for tapping back in with me as I provide some tips and advice for professionals. Today, let’s talk about a few mistakes you want to avoid while applying for jobs.

The first mistake is not applying if you don’t meet 100% of the qualifications. Data shows this happens most often with women. Women tend to count themselves out if they don’t meet all qualifications listed, whereas men tend to apply if they meet only 60% of the qualifications. Recruiters and hiring managers will often stick skills or qualifications they see as “nice to haves” into the description, but they aren’t required. So if you meet a decent majority of the qualifications, you should definitely throw your hat in the ring.

The second mistake is not following instructions in job applications. Everyone loves to put “attention to detail” on their resume, to then not pay attention to the job application instructions. This oversight is something that can disqualify you from being considered for the role. Recruiters and hiring managers often utilize these instructions to see if you actually pay attention to detail, and it helps them weed out candidates. One of the most common instructions I see people ignore is the document formats they accept. So be sure to read and follow all the instructions provided.

The last mistake is not copying and pasting your resume into the application if it asks you to. While I know it can be a pain, it can actually save your entire application. When you’re applying, you’re usually uploading your resume and putting your information into an Applicant Tracking System that scans your resume for keywords or phrases. However, sometimes the formatting within your resume can get the document caught up and kicked out of the system. Copying and pasting your resume’s content into the system acts as a fail-safe if there are formatting errors or issues.

Avoid making these simple mistakes throughout your job search, and you may find yourself landing more interviews!

Thanks for tapping in with me today! Don’t forget; I’m now taking submissions from you all on career questions, issues, concerns, or advice you think may help others! So make sure to submit yours at bit.ly/tapintristan.

This tip is brought to you by Tristan of Layfield Resume Consulting. Check us out on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @layfieldresume or connect with me, Tristan Layfield, on LinkedIn.

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