In the market for a new job? As one of Charlottesville’s leading employment agencies, Adams & Garth knows that despite a low unemployment rate, there’s plenty of competition. That’s why you need to put your best foot forward during your search. Unfortunately, there are some common and sometimes surprising mistakes that can derail you. Here’s a look at a few of them:

#1: Sending in a sloppy application.

You might be skilled and experienced. But if your application is sloppy, full of typos and you don’t supply the information requested, your chances of getting the job are slim. That’s why it’s important to take your time with your application materials and ensure you hand in information that is consistent and professional.

#2: Being overly casual in phone calls and emails.

If a hiring manager calls or emails you, act in an appropriate manner when you respond. In the era of text messaging and emojis, that can sometimes be easy to forget. But when it comes to your job search – and communicating with potential employers – it’s best to err on the side of being more formal.

#3: Talking to much during an interview.

It might be a case of nerves. Or perhaps you aren’t really sure how to answer a question. But the end result is you keep talking…and talking…and talking. Oftentimes, this leads to oversharing, which can make you look bad to a hiring manager. Instead, try to keep your interview answers short, sweet and to the point.

#4: Pretending you have all the answers.

It’s inevitable. A hiring manager will ask you a question and you don’t know the answer. That’s ok. Don’t wing it and pretend you do. If you don’t know something, then just say so. It’s better than bluffing your way through an awkward response.

#5: Swearing or using inappropriate language during an interview.

Any type of profanity should never be used in an interview. Even if you think a hiring manager would find something funny, bite your tongue. You never know who you could offend and it’s simply not worth forfeiting a good job offer over a snarky or crude remark.

#6: Speaking negatively about your last boss.

In a similar vein, don’t bash your last boss or employer. Even if they treated you unfairly or it was a horrible place to work, sharing that information will make you look immature and unprofessional.

Need more help with your next job search?

Call the experts at Adams & Garth. As one of Charlottesville’s leading employment agencies, we work with top companies throughout Central Virginia that are searching for people just like you. If you are reliable, hardworking, and eager to get started, Adams & Garth is the right place to be. Contact us today or search our jobs in Charlottesville now.

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