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6 Common Mistakes Job Hunters Make

With the impact of Covid 19 beginning to be felt in the jobs market it is a challenging time for people looking to start their career in financial planning and with potentially many more applicants than there are jobs, recruiters often spend less than a minute reading a CV and sometimes only seconds. It’s a fact! So, your CV has caught the attention of the recruiter, what are six common mistakes that a candidate makes?

Errors on your job application materials

Do all that you can to avoid any kind of errors – whether typos, spelling errors or formatting issues – in your CV and cover letter. It’s worth using Grammarly or a similar online writing assistant.

Not customising your CV and cover letter

The skills you highlight and keywords you use in your job application materials, particularly your CV should always align with the specific job you are applying for. If the employer or recruitment consultant uses an “Applicant Tracking System,” to screen CV’s, you may not make it past phase one.

Not doing any research on the company

This is one of the quickest ways to come across as unprepared to your interviewer. It’s unprofessional and, frankly, a bit lazy. From their perspective, if you have not done your research (and demonstrated it) how do they know you are truly interested in becoming a part of their team?

Not asking questions in the interview

If you make it to the interview stage and don’t come prepared with some thoughtful, well-researched questions for your interviewer, you will run the risk of coming across as disinterested in the job and underprepared. It’s a good idea to memorise a few “fall back” questions that you can ask in any circumstance.

Not being self-aware

Understanding your strengths and weaknesses and how to effectively communicate them on your job application materials and in the interview, is key to being successful in the job market.

Not cleaning up your social media

Research suggests up to 70% of employers screen job candidate’s social media accounts before hiring. Like it or not, social media has become a key part of the recruitment, hiring, and vetting process. It is essential that your presence online is “employer-friendly.”

Graham Hughes, IFA Propositions Director at IRC Executive

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