The Ugliest Job Search Mistakes
In the OLDEN days (TI-81s, VCRs, dot-matrix printers), a physician would apply to a job posting she found printed in a medical journal or in the classified section of a NEWSPAPER. Applying to these jobs meant stuffing large envelopes to snail mail or even hand deliver to the human resources department. Now, with one quick click, your entire professional history can get slung all over the world in seconds before you can click undo, so please pay attention to the following job search faux pas and avoid them at all costs.
- Not all people or websites are created equal. Be thoughtful when sharing your CV. Ensure the person or website is not going to share your information without your permission.
- Don’t apply for the same job twice through different recruiters. We get it, you may really want the job, but this comes off as lack of attention to detail on the practice’s end.
- Do not apply to every job opening you find. From a recruiter perspective, this tells us that you do not know what you want or where you want to live. The renal community is small. Prospective employers may learn of your approach and be less likely to find you a serious candidate.
- Ignoring visa eligibility requirements or visa restrictions when applying for jobs. Many private practices do not meet the requirements to hire a candidate with a visa.
- CV errors – we have a whole other blog dedicated to this one.
- Not responding to emails or voicemails from potential employers – even if after some thought you are not interested in a job with that employer. No one wants to be strung along. Be courteous and let the hiring practice know of your intentions. The renal community is small and your actions can be viewed as inconsiderate and affect your reputation.
- Not sending a thank you email after an interview. Even if you are not interested in the position, it is the proper job search etiquette.
- Cancelling an interview on short notice or accepting one when you really do not want the job. It is time consuming for you and the practice to participate in an interview. It is also expensive. Time is valuable, use it wisely and only interview for jobs you really want.
Wondering what some of those crazy terms are we were referencing at the start of this blog? See below!
OLDEN (adj) relating to older times, before W. Jefferson Clinton was president
TI-81 (n) Texas Instruments graphing calculator
VCR (n) Video Cassette Recorder, what Netflix used to be
NEWSPAPER (n) a printed publication consisting of folded unstapled sheets and containing news, articles, advertisement and correspondence
Faux pas (n) an embarrassing or tactless act