Job hunting is hard. It’s even harder when you’re not aware of the most common mistakes people make during their job search or how to avoid them.
The good news is that you can do some straightforward things to improve your chances of landing a new job and getting paid what you deserve for it. We’ve put together a list of 10 common errors made by many Kenyan job seekers and how to avoid them so that you will have more success in your job hunt!
Common job-hunting mistakes
Here are some of the most common mistakes that people make during their job search, along with some simple tips on avoiding them.
Mistake #1: Following any online leads without checking them out first
#1 Tips for avoiding this mistake: Conduct thorough research to determine if more reputable companies in your area or industry hire. Also, don’t forget to check out our previous articles for some fresh ideas on how to get your resume noticed!
Mistake #2: Applying for any and every job without tailoring your CV
#2 Tips for avoiding this mistake: Tailor your CV so that it’s relevant to each company that you’re applying to. Proofread your CV before sending it out. Stay away from generic CVs to have a better chance of being noticed by potential employers!
Mistake #3: Relying too much on word-of-mouth referrals to find job leads
#3 Tips for avoiding this mistake: Do thorough research on the industry you want to be in. Visit sites like Kenyan Hot Jobs or Indeed to find out which companies are currently hiring. Also, don’t forget about the power of social media! Create a LinkedIn profile so you can connect with recruiters and potential employers.
Mistake #4: Not being open to relocation
#4 Tips for avoiding this mistake: Many companies require that you relocate to take up a job offer. Think about the kind of company and location that will best suit your skills and experience, then find out if there are any opportunities available at those companies.
Mistake #5: Focusing too much on salary when negotiating a job offer
#5 Tips for avoiding this mistake: While it’s completely understandable that you want to get paid what you deserve for the work you will be doing, focusing too much on salary can push away potential employers. Instead of emphasizing your current or expected salary, talk about your skills and experience, why they are relevant to the company, and how they will benefit your organization.
Mistake #6: Not being familiar with a company’s culture before going for an interview
#6 Tips for avoiding this mistake: Research a company by reading articles on their website or publishing them in news media. You can also read reviews of the company on sites like Tripadvisor to get a better idea of what it’s really like to work there.
Mistake #7: Not selling yourself during the interview
#7 Tips for avoiding this mistake: You should be talking more about yourself than the interviewer does during your job interview! Don’t be afraid to show how passionate you are about being a part of their team and organization. Talk about your skills and experience, how they will benefit the company, and mention any awards or professional affiliations that you hold.
Mistake #8: Being negative about current or past employers
#8 Tips for avoiding this mistake: During your job interview, don’t say anything bad about previous employers – no matter how true it is! Remember to stay positive during the entire interview process.
Mistake #9: Not bringing copies of your CV to the interview
#9 Tips for avoiding this mistake: Make sure you have many copies of your resume if you are asked for them by anyone involved in the hiring process. Bring at least three resumes with you in case more than one person is interviewing you.
Mistake #10: Not researching the company before going in for an interview
#10 Tips for avoiding this mistake: Why are they hiring? What is their mission statement? What are their values? Why would someone want to work there? Please do your research so you can talk about it during your job interview! Remember that you are more likely to get a job if you know what it is really like working for the company.
#10 Ways to make sure you don’t make this mistake :
Use sites like Google Maps, Google Search, and LinkedIn to find out about companies before applying.
Visit new places or go on ‘field trips’ for fun – like branch offices or other places where the company operates-discover more about working for them.
For example, if you’re applying to work at Mars Kenya, check out their website, Facebook page, and Twitter handle. You can also find articles written about the company on LinkedIn. If you still want to know more, visit their branches and ask questions about what it’s like to work there and the company culture.
You should also talk to people who currently or used to work for that company. You can reach out through email, Linked In, and other online platforms. Doing this will get a better idea of what it’s really like working for them and whether you would enjoy it.