7 Hiring Secrets Employers Won’t Tell You
In Texas’ big cities, Houston and Austin in particular, there is a high demand and high number of candidates for apartment jobs. Now more than ever, employers must sift through large numbers of applicants as quickly as possible.
For job seekers, this means that first impressions are crucial. If you only have a few seconds to capture an employer’s attention, then you can’t get caught making any mistakes that will raise a red flag.
Often, you may not know that you are committing these mistakes that are so obvious to an employer—and they won’t let you know that you’re doing them either. Here 7 mistakes a recruiting employer wont’ tell you that you’re making:
1. Employers spend 5-10 seconds looking at each resume
5-10 seconds to scan a resume may not seem like a long time; however, it is usually enough determine if a candidate has the required skills and experience to excel at a particular apartment job. Make the most of these seconds by creating a resume that is error-free and clearly states your previous job titles and dates of employment.
2. Your resume is too long
No matter how qualified you are for a position, if your resume is too long it is easy for your qualifications to be lost on an employer. Less is more in this case: make sure you include relevant experience and job descriptions, but keep it within 1-2 pages.
3. Submitting a picture with your resume can look unprofessional
This is more of an unwritten rule in the recruiting world. Unless an employer specifically requests a headshot, there’s no need to submit one.
4. Your cover letter wasn’t competitive
You may feel satisfied that you found a solid online template and plugged your cover letter into it; but this is not likely to impress an employer. Most cover letters look the same, and if yours doesn’t stand out in appearance or content, then it’s going to be hard to make your first impression count.
5. You said too much in your interview
Everyone gets a little nervous when they step into a job interview; and sometimes the result is that you may talk more than you should. Take a breath, relax, and let your interviewer lead.
6. Your appearance is not professional
Because first impressions are so important while job hunting, your attire should be top-notch professional. Appearing disheveled, mismatched, or too casual will all raise red flags to a potential employer, and could potentially ruin your chances for an apartment job.
7. Sincerity matters
Last but not least, employers can pick up if you are not sincere. Whether you tell a white lie in your interview or are not genuinely interested in a job—employers can usually pick up on a lack of sincerity. On the other hand, if you are sincere in the job-hunting process it can go a long way.
Now that we’ve given away some of employers’ biggest recruiting secrets, don’t forget to remember them while you’re applying for your next job!