Ways to Damage Your Job Opportunities

Having a strong career history, solid personal brand and good resume are all important to landing your next job. However, all is for not if you do not avoid making some poor choices that could ruin your chances of landing your next job. Here are 5 kinds of mistakes that could cost you big. 

Lying on your resume or profile
Lying on your resume is never a good idea. If you have had a string of misfortune that reads on your resume, like you cannot hold down a job, you might be tempted to stretch dates. The same can be true for those trying to cover patches of unemployment. Although a tenuous tenure can throw up red flags, it is never a good idea to start lying. If you feel like your track record is hindering your ability to land an interview, a more appropriate way to address the issue is to discuss it in your cover letter. You could even give a one line answer in your resume as to why you left each role. A good interviewer will parse out things that look odd or do not add up. Your body language will say a lot as well. These are just two examples of how one goes about lying on a resume and believe me, there are many more. Just remember, no matter how easy it seems it will come back to haunt you. 

Posting inappropriate pictures and content online 
It is quite common these days to communicate via community based or social networking sites. It is also becoming quite common for hiring companies to search out any and all information you post in an effort to get the most robust understanding of who they might be hiring. Everything on the Internet can be found if someone really wants to find it. 

All an employer needs to do is Google your name after receiving your resume, and any past mischief –either purposefully or non-purposefully—can be exposed. Websites can be cached for months and webpages for years. 

So take a moment to think back to anything out there on the web that might be a misrepresentation of you. Did you go off on a rant about your last company when you were let go? Is there a video of you out there on YouTube that you would be embarrassed by a hiring manager seeing? 

Pretending to be something you are not
It is very important to build your reputation or brand as an authority in an area or about a topic, but building it means putting in the time to actually become a subject matter expert. Don’t pretend to be something you are not or take credit for things that are not yours to take credit for. You will be found out, and when you are you will have lost all credibility. 

Make sure you land your next job based on your own accomplishments. Don’t let poor judgment or unforgettable fibs get in your way.

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