Six Career Mistakes You Need to be on the Lookout for;

“A step backward, after making a wrong turn, is a step in the right direction.”- Kurt Vonnegut

career_mistakeAnyone seeking to grow in his or her career will make mistakes along the way. Some of the mistakes made as one seeks to grow career wise will be costly. Some of them will hardly be noticeable. Regardless of the mistakes you have made in your career, there are valuable lessons that can be learned by reflecting on the mistakes, owning them and learning from them. If you are just starting out career-wise, here are some of the mistakes you need to look out for and avoid:

#1:  Pursuing Status at The Expense of the Growth of Skills

In a world that is increasingly becoming image oriented, many people get lost in the pursuit of success. We interview candidates who want to look the part but do not want to do the hard work. In the process, they lie, put in very little or no effort yet they desire to be applauded for barely showing up. The problem with this approach is that it keeps you from taking advantage of some useful career opportunities that do not necessarily come with a high status. It is often said that opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed as work. That entry-level marketing job might be an opportunity to develop meaningful networks that will help you grow two or three years down the line. The drab accounting job could be an opportunity to hone skills that will help you become an auditor.

Pursue the skills that matter, the status will come. Pursue the status, you will never develop the skills you need to succeed in your field.

# 2: Staying in the Comfort Zone

It is easy to get comfortable in one’s current position. You rarely take any risks in your comfort zone. The environment is predictable. There is a certain way of doing things which ensures that you get the expected outcome hence uncertainty is greatly reduced. Successful people are not necessarily the people who take big risks. They take small risks every day which prepare them for the big leaps that they need to take in their careers.

#3: Not Asking People for Help

You cannot get the help you need unless you ask for it. It is often assumed that the most successful people have it all figured out so they do not ask for help. This could not be further from the truth. The quickest way to avoid mistakes that would waste your time and effort is by asking those who have gone ahead of you in your field for advice. You just need to ask in the right way and you will get the help you need.

#4: Getting Distracted by the “Shiny Object Syndrome

There will always be a position that seems more attractive than your current position. This position might be in your organization or outside your current organization. Because it is often said that all that glitters is not gold, the allure of a certain office or position can become a trap. Countless hours that should be spent being the best you can be in your current position can be wasted as you try and reach out for the elusive position. In addition to this, the “shiny object” might not necessarily be as attractive as you think it is. A higher position with better pay requires a certain level of dedication, skill, experience and commitment. You can only develop this by giving your best in your current position.

# 5: Assuming that Your Career Should Be Linear

The current job market is characterized by rapid technological changes as well as nonlinear career trajectories. Most successful people in this age did not just “move up the ladder.” Some of them have to “jump” in order to advance to the next level. The “leap” is different for everyone and can only be made based on a high level of self-awareness and personal drive. Successful people do not wait for their experiences to fit into a linear career trajectory. They seek opportunities to grow their skills and make the leap once the right opportunity comes along.

#6: Assuming That What You Have at Level 1 Is Sufficient to Keep You Going at Level 2

Most people assume that being good at their craft is enough to get them noticed. While it is important to grow one’s skills, it is equally important to go the extra mile. You need to be emotionally intelligent in order to grow. You need to learn how to identify gaps in your company and provide solutions. You need to learn how to work with people. You need to an avid reader who can tell where your industry will be in the next couple of years based on an in-depth understanding of current trends.

If you are ready for a career change, then reach out to us, as Crystal Recruitment is a Leading Recruitment Agency that connects top talents to top brands every single day.

Five Things that Many Candidates Miss in Job Postings

images WE ARE HIRINGThe information age has resulted in the bombardment of consumers with too much information. As a result of this, it has been reported that attention spans are increasingly becoming shorter. Most of us have lost the art of reading. Instead, we have adopted the habit of scrolling through information in search of what we consider important. This often happens when candidates are going through a job posting. Based on the applications and resumes we have received over the years, it is not hard to see that most candidates spend less than a minute reading through a job posting before hitting the “ Apply” button. As a result of this approach, most candidates miss out on opportunities that they are qualified for.

What should you be on the lookout for in a job posting? Here are some of the key elements of a job posting that you should be on the lookout for;

The Job Title

It sounds obvious, right? It is right there in front of you. It is in bold font. Most candidates still miss out on it. If you are applying for a job via email, make the job title the subject of your email. Make it the filename of your resume before you send your resume. At any given moment, recruiters have to sift through hundreds of resumes as they seek candidates for various jobs. Make your application and your resume stand out of the crowd by demonstrating that you know the position you are seeking.

The Recruiter’s Name

Should the job application you are about to send be addressed to a recruiter or human resource manager at a particular organization? Knowing the recruiter’s name is important as it will help you customize your application appropriately. In some job postings, the title of the person you will be reporting to will be included in the job description. For instance, a marketing manager may be reporting directly to the chief operations officer. Before you send your application, try and find out some information about the person you will be reporting to through professional networks.

If you are applying via email, can you learn anything from the address? It is not uncommon for con artists seeking to fleece desperate job seekers to create dummy accounts using Gmail or Yahoo so be on the lookout for such email addresses. A legit job posting from a credible organization will not mention the name of the person you will be reporting to. It will also include the name of the organization. For instance, if you are applying for the position of an intern at XYZ fashion, the job posting will state that all applications should be addressed to: recruitment@xyzfashion.com.

Instructions on How to Apply

Job postings will include instructions on how to apply for a particular position. If an organization is seeking a photographer who must include a sample of his work, ignoring these instructions will dim your chances. In some job postings, candidates may be required to include the job title and a reference number in the subject line. Adhering to such instructions gives you an edge over the other candidates. It also shows that you pay attention to details and you can follow instructions.

Keywords to Use in Your Application

Read and re-read the job description very carefully. Ask yourself the following questions:wood-cube-abc-cube-letters-48898

  • What are the skills that are required for the job?
  • What are the academic qualifications required for the job?
  • What are the roles and responsibilities you will be required to carry out as part of your job?

Your answers to these questions should shape your application. Most recruiters use software that sifts through applications based on relevance. The relevance is based on specific keywords that the employer wants to see in your application.

When writing your resume, avoid making it too long even if you have the professional experience and academic qualifications that would make it long. Most recruiters do not have the time to read through a novel. Instead, make it about two pages long with key highlights.

Qualifications Required

Most organizations will clearly spell out the qualifications that are required for a particular job and the skills that are relevant to that role. Do not worry if you do not have some of the skills. For instance, a job may require a candidate with five years of experience yet you only have three years of experience in a similar role. Highlight your achievements in those three years. Demonstrating that you have the ability to deliver results could actually make you stand out.

As a candidate, you need to spend a little more time reading the job posting before sending your application. The clues you need are often tailored into the job posting. All the best in your search!

We at Crystal Recruitment work with candidates by connecting them to great career opportunities with Potential Employers. Reach out to us via Email and let us talk about your next career move.