Job hunting - Are you doing it right?

October 25, 2017

Did you know that the average time it takes for a candidate to land a job is between 2-6 months? And, the actual duration depends on what you do and the strategies you use?

The idea of finding a new job that will open up new possibilities surely makes you feel all excited. But once you are in the process, you realize that it’s not as easy as you thought it would be. Not just for freshers, job hunting can sometimes also be difficult for experienced candidates.

A very common complaint from most of the job seekers is that while they are trying so hard and applying in multiple places, the results are disappointing.


Probably because they are not doing it the right way!


Here’s a look at things you may be doing wrong, which can affect your chances of getting hired:


1.     Having an over-informative resume


It is an evident fact that when you’re out job hunting, your resume is the most important thing  you will need.  The most
important task that you have in this regard is to tailor your resume according to the requirement.


A mistake that many people do, in this important step, is to build an over informative resume, sharing too many things that are actually not required.

The way you communicate through your resume can be a reason why you may lose out on a good opportunity.


Do not turn your resume into a grocery list, mentioning each and every responsibility that you have ever handled in your previous job. Share only those aspects that are relevant to the position you are applying for.


A clean resume will give you more opportunities than a cluttered resume.


2.     Submitting applications anywhere and everywhere

If you think that applying for a job and submitting resumes everywhere possible ensures that you are doing it right, you may have to think again. Applying to every position blindly does not mean that it will yield good results.

The best way to go about it is first sort out what is the right job for you based on your interests and qualifications. Once you are clear on that, target the ideal jobs and companies that match your interests, skills and passion. On, you can set your job preferences and mention your skills and interest, and also use these criteria to choose job openings to apply for.

Be assured that this will provide you with a better chance of getting noticed and hired.


3.     But also limiting  your search to a handful of places


While it is important to apply in relevant companies, it is also equally important to not limit your search to just a handful of places.

You may have made a wishlist and listed out 10 or 20 companies that you think are ideal and you decide you will apply only in these companies. But, that is a wrong approach to take.

You must definitely reach for the places that you think are ideal for you, but also keep other options available.  Remember that even if a company is small or not that well-renowned, it can provide you with a worthy experience and paycheck.

At, more than 2000 employers use the platform for recruitment and you can choose from multiple options once you have set your job preferences.


4.     Not keeping your social media accounts updated


All your social media accounts, particularly professional sites like LinkedIn, need to be updated when you are in the process of looking for a job.  Opening an account just for the sake of it and not updating it regularly, can make you lose an opportunity even after you get one.

A majority of employers look into social media profiles nowadays before hiring as it plays an integral part in understanding a candidate’s persona. Probably, your social media, particularly your LinkedIn profile will be the first thing that your employers will visit to know you as a person. If you do not have these accounts updated with relevant information, you may lose out to another candidate who has made sure to keep everything updated.


5.     Letting temporary failures dishearten you


“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”

It may happen that you’ve been in search of a good job for a long time, but somehow you are not getting the right one. This should in no way demotivate you. Keep faith in yourself and trust your skills and you will definitely become successful.

At the same time, do not let stereotypical notions such as, you are too young/old to get a job, affect you.

A sudden survey or statistics that you stumble upon, showing alarming facts about recruitment and job status, does not mean that you have no chance of getting a job. Do not let such things dampen your spirits, instead trust yourself and you are sure to achieve the desired results.

Remember that it’s never too late to achieve your goals and be in a job that makes you happy. Download the interviewfox mobile app and stand a chance to get noticed by reputed employers and bag the perfect job.