JOB-HUNTING "DON'TS" TO AVOID
You have probably heard that "thereís no such thing as a dumb question."
That may or may not be true, but we do know there is such a thing as a dumb job application.
So what do employers think is a "dumb" job application?
Another dumb thing, which we have seen firsthand from hundreds of job applicants, is applying to people who can't possibly hire you.
Employers hire people who can help them achieve their business goals. Yet a surprising number of people who want to break into a new career are oblivious to employers' needs and will submit applications to any company they think may be even remotely related to the career they want.
For example, as a book publishing company, FabJob hires people who can help us publish books. In the past, we have advertised for individuals to fill positions such as Editor, Writer, and Sales Representative.
Even if we don't have current job openings, we appreciate receiving applications from people applying for positions related to book publishing or marketing.
But those aren't the only job applications we receive.
Job-seekers sometimes find our website through a search engine such as Google where they'll read that we have published books about how to become a fashion designer, a mystery shopper, or a model (among many other careers).
Then they will submit a job application to us such as the following:
These are only brief excerpts from what in some cases are detailed applications that job-seekers have obviously spent time preparing and apparently are spending time tracking down places to submit online.
Aside from any grammatical errors in such submissions, what makes them particularly dumb is that the following appears immediately above the form the applicant fills out on our website:
This statement is followed by a short list of "Do's and Doníts" to help applicants successfully apply for a job with us. Under a bright red "Donít" headline it says:
Then, to actually submit the application form at our website, applicants must choose which position they're applying for from a drop-down menu of the jobs we have available. So weíll receive applications for fashion designer jobs from people who have chosen "Writer" or "Editor" as the job they are applying for!
What is frustrating about receiving submissions like this is that our website has hundreds of free career articles plus FabJob guides with step-by-step advice on how to get hired for these careers, including how job-seekers can find contact information and apply to people who can hire them.
Yet, a surprising number of job-seekers would prefer to ignore good advice and submit a dumb application that wastes their time and the time of employers.
But thatís good news for you.
If you are the type of person who applies to people who can hire you, who reads the instructions employers give in their job postings, and who pays attention when you get good career advice, then you will be miles ahead of the job-seekers who are playing it dumb.
by Tag and Catherine Goulet:
FabJob.com is featured in Woman's World Magazine ("Land Your Dream Job" article, April 2007).
FabJob Guides have been featured in stories at The Wall Street Journal and Entrepreneur Magazine sites.