You’ve applied to a job on ZippyApp, and never heard back. What went wrong? You might be surprised at the things you overlooked. We gathered the most common mistakes hiring managers see on applications — and how you can avoid them.
1. Spelling and Grammar Errors. According to CareerBuilder, 61% of hiring managers agree typos and grammar errors are one of the top reasons that led to an automatic dismissal of a candidate. Luckily, we are your second set of eyes and flag any typos that are on your application. After running through our spell check, take your time and look over your application prior to submitting — even if that means stepping away and coming back to it later.
2. Using an Unprofessional Email Address. Your email is the first thing potential employers see when they look at your ZippyApp application. It can say a lot about you as a candidate, as this is the first impression potential employers will get of you. Do not use an inappropriate or unprofessional email address, like the one you share with friends. Instead, create one using Yahoo or Gmail with your first and last name — it’s safe and only takes a minute to do.
3. Uploading an Inappropriate Photo. You have the ability to upload your photo to give your application an edge — take advantage of this feature and post! But be wary when posting. A tacky or tasteless photo of you may turn potential employers away. Do upload a professional photo of you — a headshot is a great option. Don’t upload one of you at the bar — or of your Tinder profile picture. You’re applying for a job, not a date.
4. Putting Down Incorrect Information. Submitting a wrong phone number, email, or past job title will just set you up for failure. If a potential employer tries to reach you and receives a mailer demon or wrong number, they will most likely dismiss your application. Also, don’t exaggerate about your past job titles and duties — chances are prospective employers will reach out to your previous employers to confirm. If they find out you lied, chances are they won’t want to hire you.
5. Submitting the Same Application to the Same Organization. Hiring managers love when they see effort put into an application. This is why we provide our users with the ability to update their application (called their Master Application) for each job submission. Be sure to tailor your application to each job you are applying to — especially if it is within the same organization. If you submit the same application, it shows you didn’t want to take the time to update, which gives hiring managers the impression that you aren’t serious about the job (unless of course the jobs are very similar and your past duties align well with both). To get some tips on how to tailor your application, click here.
6. Clean Up Your Social Media Presence. Have you ever met someone who is not on social media? Probably not. Because of this, potential employers are turning to social media to learn more about you. In fact, 92% of recruiters now use social media as a part of their recruiting process. That is why it’s important that you view your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and other social media accounts as an extension of your application. Check out our Blog on How To Spring Clean Your Social Media Profiles to make sure you don’t get passed over because of something the hiring manager found online.