Monday, December 10, 2012

10 Red Flags For Employers

Stop me if this sounds familiar: You've submitted one job application after another yet, for all of your hard work, you don't have any positive results. This is an experience that many job seekers are very familiar with and while it can be partially blamed on the poor job market, there are times when the problem rests with you.

It's a hard thing to admit sometimes, but applicants often inadvertently set themselves up for failure by having huge red flags throughout their application. Even things that don't seem like that big of a deal can scream "Don't hire me!" to prospective employers.

While there are plenty of potential red flags that can alert hiring managers, here are the 10 of which you should be most aware:

  • There's no contact information on your resume.
  • There are long, unexplained gaps between your previous jobs.
  • You didn't prepare enough for the job interview.
  • You didn't provide any references.
  • You don't have anything positive to say about your previous employers.
  • You've held multiple jobs in the past six months.
  • Your interview answers are inconsistent.
  • You don't show any flexibility.
  • There doesn't appear to be any effort put into your application (i.e., your resume was clearly a copy-paste job).
  • You don't have any clearly defined career goals.

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