5 common job seeker mistakes: How to get the desired position.

Someone finds a dream job after a week of searching, and someone is looking for a job for months. I hope the advice will help both those and those. And facilitate this morally costly process. And for the job search process to be effective and efficient, you need to use all your resources and knowledge. But even minor mistakes can lead to the formation of the wrong opinion.


What is the reason for the lack of the desired result? Let’s look at the typical mistakes of job seekers.

TOP 5 mistakes that applicants make

1. Ready to do everything, agree to any job or a specialist – a universal soldier. These types of resumes are very common. And they drop right away. Doing everything is nothing. At the very least, it is frivolous to write – “I can work with anyone” or “I am a generalist”. This is exactly how the recruiter will understand this, because his company does not need the first people who come across from the street, but specialists in a particular field. The employer is not a psychic and will not be engaged in career guidance at an interview, they will simply weed you out and give you the most concise feedback – don’t come up. And so you need to be clear about what you want.

Solution: You need to decide what you want and what is interesting. What do you do best? Classify your hard and soft skills. There are many different tests to determine your professional inclinations. You can monitor the labor market to see if there are vacancies that match your skills and interests. Also on job sites you will learn about new professions where you can develop. By answering these questions, you have the opportunity to find a dream job where you will grow, develop, and at the same time enjoy what you do.

Useful links:

Your psychotype and propensity for the type of profession

Questionnaire of professional inclinations by L. Yovaishi

Express test


Tips for job seekers from job sites:





2. Applicants send their resumes to all employers in the world, without even changing the name of the specialist position that the employer is looking for.

Solution: Each employer has an individual approach. If you understand that you are interested in this, and you have a desire to develop in this area, then you need to edit your resume with an emphasis on your strong skills, although there are not many of them, suitable for this position. And of course, do not be lazy to change the title of the position. Make your resume


3. Job applicants do not look for information about the company, thereby reducing the chances of getting the desired position.         I have always wondered why?

Solution: On the World Wide Web, you can find everything, and of course, information about the employer too. Look at their website, find social pages, read reviews. Find out what they do, what values the company has, maybe it doesn’t suit you and you are not interested in the direction of activity, or you have other values and life principles in general. Or vice versa, all this data will interest you and this is what you were looking for. And most importantly, at the interview you will be on the same wavelength with the employer, discussing the desired position, thereby understanding the specifics of the job.


4. A very banal and not eradicable mistake – all people lie (Doctor House). Yes, yes, both adults and children, in order to sell themselves as a specialist and their professional skills as profitably as possible. Candidates indicate those skills or experience that they do not possess, lie about the reason for leaving the previous job, or attribute non-existent merits and achievements to themselves.

Solution: Dont lie. Information is easy to verify, and lies will play against you. This may show up during the interview itself or at work, but then don’t expect to be able to build a good relationship with management and stay in one job for a long time.


5. Job seekers are self-confident and don’t prepare for an interview thinking that a perfect resume will do everything for them. 

Solution: Before the interview, practice answering common questions. They can be found on the Internet, on any job sites, in expert blogs and, in principle, in a search engine, they are also indexed. While some employers may ask you random questions, there are a few popular questions that pop up in almost any job interview. Review these questions and prepare good answers based on your work experience and education. Write down your answers to common questions to help you think about them. This will make it easier for you to explain these answers directly in the interview. Make a list of 3-5 potential questions you can ask the employer. Questions from your side demonstrate your interest in the position, and most importantly, add up an overall picture of the desired job and employer.


Links to interview preparation questions:

What to say in an interview: answers to typical questions

Typical interview questions: what to prepare for?

Checklist “interview situations”


The path to the desired vacancy is difficult, but real. Be honest and open and increase the chances of finding an interesting, promising and good job. And remember that the goal is not achieved by the one who does not set it.