June 4, 2016
Job hunting online is often preferable because it saves time and money while showing you a broader range of employment opportunities. However, it is not without fault. Because you don’t have the benefit of making a good impression in person, your approach online needs to be flawless. Avoid making these common mistakes during your online job hunt.
Your CV or résumé is too long
Trim your CV or résumé to only include relevant information to the position you are applying for. If it’s too long, your potential employer may skip over something important. Also, listing every job you’ve ever had may give you the appearance of being unable to hold a position long term.
You forgot to proofread
Before submitting your CV or application, comb through it for spelling and grammatical errors. While this may seem unimportant, having such mistakes will make you look sloppy and rushed.
You appear to have a bad attitude
It is easy for things to get lost in translation online. Sarcasm can go undetected, for example, because words on a screen are not as dynamic as live interactions. Therefore, it is important for you to make sure you come across as positive and professional at all times. Skip the humor and avoid sounding arrogant. Instead, opt to show your enthusiasm for the position and an eagerness to learn more.