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4 Common mistakes made when applying for a job

​If you are currently looking to move jobs and want to get the best out of your job search, we have put together a list of the four most common mistakes that candidates make when applying for jobs, that can harm your chances of securing a new job. ​These are relatively simple mistakes to avoid, however, they are easy mistakes to make. Based on our experience of working with candidates on a daily basis, these are the most common mistakes made. Check out the top four mistakes below and make sure you are prepared to maximise your job search… ​Lack of planHaving a plan when job searching is important, as it will help you focus on applying for the right jobs and making sure your job search is more efficient and effective. What do we mean by having a plan? Well, a good starting point is to write down why you want to move in the first place. Knowing why you want to move will help you to fully commit to searching for a new opportunity… it could be due to the lack of progression opportunity, lack of development opportunity or even the lack of earning potential. Whatever it is, it’s important to fully process this, so you can go into the activity of job searching feeling fully focussed and committed to making a change.​Another thing to consider before you start applying for jobs, is to work out what it is you are looking for. Do you want to make a step up in level of seniority, are you looking to join a bigger business or is it the type of projects that you will be working on that is more important to you? Again, whatever it is that motivates you, it’s important to have a clear idea of what types of roles and companies you are looking for to help you target your job search and not waste time. ​Sending a generic CVThis is something that we have discussed a lot in past articles. It is so important to tailor your CV to the job you are applying for. Read the job advert, pick out the key requirements and duties and make sure your CV covers these to show you have the knowledge and experience to fulfil the role and add value. We appreciate it sounds like a lot of work just to apply for a job, but when you’re up against other professionals who are also applying for the same role, you want to make sure your CV stands out and clearly shows you are capable. ​No contact information on your CVYes this really does happen and yes it really impacts your application. If the person reading your CV doesn’t have access to your contact details, how do you expect them to contact you about your application? When writing your CV, include the best number to contact you on and your personal email address. ​Not applying for jobs because you don’t meet all requirements We recently wrote an article about how to combat a lack of confidence when applying for jobs, as this is a common issue for candidates when looking to move. Obviously there will be some roles that you may not be quite right for, or potentially may not have enough experience for, but don’t go into the job search with a negative mindset. Sometimes you just have to go for it and see what happens. Have confidence in your ability! In an ideal world yes you would have all the requirements stated, however, employers are willing to compromise to make sure they get the right fit for their business. Remember, skills and experience can be gained, so don't rule yourself out of the job before you've even applied.​Check out Is a lack of confidence preventing you from applying for jobs? article, which discusses how to tackle the issue of a lack of confidence, with the aim of helping you regain confidence in your ability and ultimately get you applying for jobs that you are more than capable of doing! ​We hope this article has helped and given you some food for thought. Good luck with your job search!! ​ ​Looking for a new job?We have a huge number of great opportunities with great employers across the construction, civils, rail, power and telecoms sectors. Search our current construction jobs, civils jobs, rail jobs, power jobs and telecoms jobs.​Browse jobs​Want to speak to a recruitment specialist about your job search?If you are keen to discuss your current situation and want to find out how we can help you make your next career step then get in touch with our team of recruitment experts. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you and your career progress.​Contact us

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​If you are currently looking to move jobs and want to get the best out of your job search, we have put together a list of the four most common mistakes that candidates make when applying for jobs, that can harm your chances of securing a new job.

These are relatively simple mistakes to avoid, however, they are easy mistakes to make. Based on our experience of working with candidates on a daily basis, these are the most common mistakes made. Check out the top four mistakes below and make sure you are prepared to maximise your job search…

Lack of plan

Having a plan when job searching is important, as it will help you focus on applying for the right jobs and making sure your job search is more efficient and effective. What do we mean by having a plan? Well, a good starting point is to write down why you want to move in the first place. Knowing why you want to move will help you to fully commit to searching for a new opportunity… it could be due to the lack of progression opportunity, lack of development opportunity or even the lack of earning potential. Whatever it is, it’s important to fully process this, so you can go into the activity of job searching feeling fully focussed and committed to making a change.

Another thing to consider before you start applying for jobs, is to work out what it is you are looking for. Do you want to make a step up in level of seniority, are you looking to join a bigger business or is it the type of projects that you will be working on that is more important to you? Again, whatever it is that motivates you, it’s important to have a clear idea of what types of roles and companies you are looking for to help you target your job search and not waste time.

Sending a generic CV

This is something that we have discussed a lot in past articles. It is so important to tailor your CV to the job you are applying for. Read the job advert, pick out the key requirements and duties and make sure your CV covers these to show you have the knowledge and experience to fulfil the role and add value. We appreciate it sounds like a lot of work just to apply for a job, but when you’re up against other professionals who are also applying for the same role, you want to make sure your CV stands out and clearly shows you are capable.

No contact information on your CV

Yes this really does happen and yes it really impacts your application. If the person reading your CV doesn’t have access to your contact details, how do you expect them to contact you about your application? When writing your CV, include the best number to contact you on and your personal email address.

Not applying for jobs because you don’t meet all requirements

We recently wrote an article about how to combat a lack of confidence when applying for jobs, as this is a common issue for candidates when looking to move. Obviously there will be some roles that you may not be quite right for, or potentially may not have enough experience for, but don’t go into the job search with a negative mindset. Sometimes you just have to go for it and see what happens. Have confidence in your ability! In an ideal world yes you would have all the requirements stated, however, employers are willing to compromise to make sure they get the right fit for their business. Remember, skills and experience can be gained, so don't rule yourself out of the job before you've even applied.

Check out Is a lack of confidence preventing you from applying for jobs? article, which discusses how to tackle the issue of a lack of confidence, with the aim of helping you regain confidence in your ability and ultimately get you applying for jobs that you are more than capable of doing!

We hope this article has helped and given you some food for thought. Good luck with your job search!!

Looking for a new job?

We have a huge number of great opportunities with great employers across the construction, civils, rail, power and telecoms sectors. Search our current construction jobs, civils jobs, rail jobs, power jobs and telecoms jobs.

Browse jobs

Want to speak to a recruitment specialist about your job search?

If you are keen to discuss your current situation and want to find out how we can help you make your next career step then get in touch with our team of recruitment experts. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you and your career progress.

Contact us