Landing a job is never easy, as the industry is now in a state of flux it is more competitive these days. There are fewer vacancies and more people chasing them than in more than a decade. But even now – more than ever – it’s still on you. Despite the fact that the job market is everything but easy right now… have you ever stopped to consider that the reason you’re still sitting there unemployed … might in fact be … you?
It’s a hard concept that most job seekers have trouble wrapping their heads around, but applicants frequently — inadvertently — raise red flags to recruiting managers that immediately scream, “Don’t employ me!” You might not be raising them on purpose, but there are ways to avoid them.
Not sure if you’re unknowingly blowing your chances at securing your dream position? Here are 10 red flags to be wary of during your next job hunt:
Red flag No. 1: Your CV is lacking any specific achievements that distinguish you from other Medical Representatives
When you’re crafting your CV, you should focus on highlighting relevant skills and accomplishments that are in line with the position for which you are applying. Highlighting your sales successes is key!
Red flag No. 2: You have long gaps between jobs on your CV
Even if your long departure from the work force is valid, extended lapses of unemployment might say to an employer, “Why weren’t you wanted by anyone?” Anytime you have more than a three-month gap of idleness on your CV, legitimate or otherwise, be prepared to explain yourself.
Red flag No. 3: You aren’t prepared for the interview
There are many ways to be unprepared for an interview: You haven’t researched the company, you haven’t researched the products & therapy area, you don’t have any questions prepared, etc. Plain and simple, do your homework before an interview. Explore the company online, prepare answers to Competency Based questions and have someone give you a mock interview. The more prepared you are, the more employers will take you seriously.
Red flag No. 4: You didn’t provide any evidence of success
In today’s competitive market use of evidence/brag file can be the difference between progressing to the next stage and being told that there ‘where stronger people on the day.’ You need to prove how successful you have been (the more specific you can be the better) and differentiate yourself from other candidates. Do not wait to be asked for your evidence, use it as a sales aid to illustrate your answers. YOU are your product!
Red flag No. 5: You only have negative things to say about previous employment
If you feel aggrieved or down-beat about your current/prior employer, it could be very tempting to want to tell anyone who will listen how much of ‘bad time’ you have experienced– but a recruiting manager for a coveted job is not that person. There are hundreds of ways to turn negative things about an old job into positives. Thought your last job was a dead end? Spin it by saying, “I felt I had gone as far as I could go in that position. I’m looking for something with more opportunity for advancement.”
Red flag No. 6: You’ve held seven different jobs — in the past six years
Job hopping is a new trend in the working world. Workers are no longer staying in a job for 10-20 years; they stay for a couple and move on to the next one. While such a tactic can further your career, switching jobs too often will raise a prospective employer’s antenna. Too many jobs in too little time tells employers that either you can’t hold a job or you have no loyalty. Be prepared to explain your reasoning/rationale
Red flag No. 7: You give inconsistent answers in your interview
One tactic recruiting manager’s use during the recruitment process is to ask you the same question in several different ways. This is mostly to ensure that you’re genuine with your answers and not just telling an employer what he or she wants to hear. Keep your responses sincere throughout the entire process and you should be good to go.
Red flag No. 8: You lack flexibility
Most people know what they want in a job as far as benefits, basic salary, bonus, etc. If you’re unable to be flexible with some of your (unrealistic?) expectations, however, you’re going to have a difficult time finding a job. Have a bottom line in terms of what you want before you start the job hunting process and be willing to bend a bit if necessary.
Red flag No. 9: Your application was — in a word – lazy
Only doing the bare minimum of what’s asked of you won’t get very far — in life or in your job search. Applying to jobs with the same CV and the same cover letter (or none at all) is pure laziness. And, if you won’t spend extra time on yourself and your application materials, you probably won’t do it for a client either.
Red flag No. 10: You lack objective or ambition
If you have no long-term goals, then you really have no short-term goals either. Long-term goals may change, however you need to have some concept of where you want to go. Know where you want to go and how you plan to get there. Otherwise you seem unfocused and unmotivated, which are two big no-no’s for an applicant.
We are specialists in Medical & Pharmaceutical Recruitment, to secure your next role in this sector call us at 20:20 Selection Ltd on 0845 026 2020 and speak to one of our consultants or visit www.2020selection.co.uk to view our current Medical Sales vacancies
(Adapted from CareerBuilder)