Do’s and Don’ts of Job Applications: Take Aways from #inaljchat 1/16/15

Do’s and Don’ts of Job Applications: Take Aways from #inaljchat 1/16/15

By Jennifer Divine, INALJ CIO

Jennifer DevineHosted by Leigh Milligan, Senior Editor

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Q1: Have you ever made a mistake or an error on a job application? If so, what was it?

Everyone had made mistakes some sharing were:

  • Using Templates and forgetting to change the date
  • Wrong years listed on Resumes
  • Forgetting change the name of institutions
  • Misspellings and Grammar Errors
  • Not following Application Directions

Ways to avoid these mistakes

  • Quadruple check before submitting
  • Over check
  • Proofread
  • Have some one else proofread your application

Q2: What are some things that you should do when applying for a job?

  • Research, Google, visit organizations website, visit in person if possible
  • Match your wording to the wording the job announcement
  • Find names of HR or whom to address in a cover letter
  • Stay Organized
  • Make a To-Do List

Q3: What are some things that you should not do when applying for a job?

  • Recycle or reuse a resume or cover letter
  • Don’t think of a job as you’re the only qualified candidate
  • Don’t try to not say the wrong thing and be obsessed with it
  • Do not go against the application rules
  • Don’t use a reference with out asking first

How to Avoid these

  • Customize your cover letters and resumes
  • Don’t get your hopes up
  • Don’t come off insincere or dishonest
  • Follow the rules
  • Ask to use someone as a reference and provide them with an updated resume, if after an interview provide them with job posting and cover letter

Q4: What is the best piece of advice that you have received for job applications and have you seen results from it? 

  • Use a personal statement instead of a Objective on your resume
  • Add your linkedin profile link to your resume
  • Include a link to your portfolio on resume
  • If a project is online that you describe in your resume use a hyperlink
  • Use a chronological style resume
  • When doing a federal resume repeat keywords
  • Give your self credit, don’t undersell your self
  • Volunteer work is valuable
  • MLIS Skills are not just for library jobs

Two great articles shared during the chat include:

  1 comment for “Do’s and Don’ts of Job Applications: Take Aways from #inaljchat 1/16/15

  1. Karin Wikoff
    February 2, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Feedback from someone who has done a fair amount of hiring: I agree with everything here, most especially the part about quadruple checking your cover letter if you are using a template for several applications, EXCEPT:

    Don’t bother getting the name of the person in HR or wherever. The name of the person heading up the search committee will not be made known to you until you get the first level (phone) interview. It won’t be a strike against you, but it’s a minor irritant to read all these cover letters addressed to the woman in HR who just coordinates the search and has nothing to do with the interviewing and selection process beyond tech support. Sometimes I get them addressed to my boss, the head librarian, but when I am chairing, she’s not on the committee. “To Whom It May Concern” is fine, or “To the Search Committee,” or format your letter in such as way as it doesn’t need a formal salutation. Your chances of guessing the right person are very slim, and then you’ve just sent a letter addressed to someone else, not the people reading it.

    The other thing to leave off — the objective or personal statement. Neither one interests me and it just takes up room that could be spent on your relevant experience. The resume is for a listing of your experience, with just enough detail to give an idea of what you did in each position. The COVER LETTER is where you make the connections between your specific experiences and the job on offer, and it’s where you can say a few words about why you are interested in the job — how it aligns with your objectives or personal statement. It’s just an annoying waste of real estate on the resume.

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