Technology impacts our lives in profound ways.
Innovations have enabled mankind to walk on the moon, cure devastating diseases and push ourselves to reach heights we never thought would be possible.
It also have given us the ability to carelessly sabotage a job search with the click of a button.
The tools we use to streamline the job search, such as email, social media accounts and smartphones, can make the process speedy, but they can also make us sloppy. With more opportunities for employer outreach available than ever, it’s easy to get in touch and stay in touch when looking for work. However, it’s important to keep in mind that no matter how advanced the tools we use to aide our search may be, they are just that – tools! Without a competent candidate behind them, technological advancements alone will only go so far.
To make sure your job search isn’t hurt by a tech disaster, here are our top five digital don’ts to avoid:
If you blindly follow GPS directions, you might end up in some strange places! From accuracy issues, to unforeseen construction concerns, any number of directional hiccups could cause you undue stress on interview day. Don’t risk being late or missing out!
Rather than relying on GPS alone, consider printing out directions prior to interview day. If you have time, taking a test trip to the office location to gauge time and best route can also be helpful in avoiding tech-reliant disasters.
Phone Interrupts Interview
Whether it’s a buzz, a ring or an embarrassing snippet of a favorite song, nothing stops an interview dead in its track quite like an out of control cell phone. Not only does a phone interruption reflect candidate carelessness to an interviewer, it can also cause you unneeded stress in an already stressful situation. No one wants to lose their train of thought because of a text message!
Avoid unwanted communication during crucial moments by turning off your phone. While it can be handy for research and directions prior to the interview, there’s no reason to keep it on once your meeting time rolls around.
Before you publically share all of those fun moments from your most recent trip, remember: employers peek at social media profiles as much as anyone else! Oversharing extremely personal or inflammatory content on a public-facing page is almost sure to cause problems on the job search.
Rather than communicating everything on a mass scale, make sure to clean up your public profiles to reflect your professional ambitions. You should certainly still share information unique to you that will give employers a sense of your personality and core values, but use your best judgement in determining the line between interesting and TMI.
Online Application Crash
You’ve spent hours perfecting your application using a company’s online form. After triple checking that you’ve dotted every “i” and crossed every “t”, you finally hit the last, “send” button – only to receive a error message! Now, your hard work is lost and you need to start back over from scratch.
Rather than wasting time (and angry energy) on a tricky online application, consider first answering the questions on your computer outside of the webpage in a separate program, such as Microsoft Word. Once you’ve completed your answers, you can then go back and fill in the form with the proper information. If the website gives you any trouble, you will always have a reliable backup for future attempts!
Email, for better or worse, is embraced by offices across the world. While it’s a quick and easy way to get in contact with employers, it can also get you in trouble. In the haste of a applying for multiple jobs, you run the risk of attaching incorrect application materials, contacting the wrong people using incorrect addresses or even falling victim to the dreaded spam folder!
Always take an extra few minutes to review emails to employers before hitting “send”. When in doubt about a certain attachment, leave it off unless explicitly requested; often times, people will avoid larger emails containing these files, and some systems automatically direct them to spam. Short, sweet and direct is best!
Technology can be positively powerful if used correctly, and a negative nightmare if lazily applied. Avoid tech disasters by planning ahead and always having a backup plan! Do you have any technology meltdowns from the job search to share? Post them below!