Top 5 DON’Ts When Applying for a New Job.

The foundation of every strong business is having the right team in place. We are constantly accepting job applications whether or not we’re actively hiring.  Often, as the demands of a growing business increase, staff sometimes rise to the occasion or burst at the seam and it becomes necessary to replace or hire additional personnel. Our quest (over the last year or so) to find additional awesome staff members have led me to write this post.

We’ve received several thousand applications…yes, I said thousands. After combing through hundreds of resumes, interviewing way too many candidates, I am gobsmacked by the level of incompetence and clue.less.ness that existed among some of the candidates. There are lots of folks who want to work….let me rephrase that….there are lots of folks who want a paycheck….work optional. It was difficult to only list 5, but I’ve put together my top 5 list of DON’Ts when applying for a new job ( from an employer’s perspective). Keep in mind, these are things I’ve actually encountered repeatedly.


1. DON’T submit  an outdated resume’. If your resume’s objective is to “utilize your skills to be the best big rig truck driver”, please don’t submit it to a job for a medical office assistant. Take the time to update your resume and make it relevant to the job for which you’re applying. Also- graduating from high school 35 years ago with honors…not relevant!

2. DON’T  include your lifetime worth of experiences and education on your resume. Resumes that are too wordy or too long often gets deleted or shredded. We review hundreds of resumes during the hiring process, if the first page fails to capture our attention, chances are page 2 or 3 won’t either. Try to keep it to one page.

3. DON’T begin your cover letter stating “I had seen your ad on ___.” Need I say more? Grammar matters. Next!

5. If you’re fortunate enough to be called in for an interview, during the interview, DON’T berate or tongue-lash your former employer. It doesn’t bode well for you. It immediately casts an unfavorable shadow as to your proclivity for negativity… It’s not a good first impression.

4. If your potential boss says to you “Do you have a felony charge on your background?” DON’T lie about it. Be honest! Chances are, they already have the results of your background check and are giving you the opportunity to come clean.

Here’s a bonus one… 6. If your felony sentencing hearing is 2 months out, DON’T bother applying or interviewing for the job in the first place. True story!

Do relax, smile and be yourself. Having a good work ethic, great personality and teachable attitude often supersedes experience. I could have easily made this my top 30 list fo Do’s and Don’ts. This process is always an eye opener.

I’m curious to know: if you’re a hiring manager, do you have any DON’Ts to add to this list?Also, if you’re looking for a job, do you tailor  your resume to fit the position your applying for or do you send a blanket resume to any available job?

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