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The 10 Worst Decisions Job Applicants Make

TalkShop job applicants tipsApplying for a job can be a tedious, frustrating process, particularly for those who are not doing it right. Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO says, “Applicants who couldn’t get out of the vicious cycle of job hunting will up their chances of acing the interview and bagging the job by avoiding these common mistakes:

1. Not following application directions. Make sure you read and re-read the wanted ad and follow the instructions. Failure to do so gives the impression one cannot understand simple instructions.

2. Not updating resume. Make sure all information are accurate and updated. Often, contact details are not updated. This can greatly spoil your chances.

3. Sending generic letters. Customize each letter of application to suit the needs of the vacancy.

4. Not explaining gaps in your work experience. This leaves questions in the mind of HR officers. Indicate time spent productively running a business, taking care of family, or engaging in volunteer work.

5. Not sending a cover letter. Send one with your CV always. Indicate why you make the best fit for the company. Check for grammatical and spelling errors. Aim for a polished letter and CV.

6. Coming too early or late for an interview. Arrive on time.

7. Dressing inappropriately. Look professional, neat, and clean.

8. Not doing your homework. With the accessibility of information, there is no excuse for not knowing about the company.

9. Not asking any question. This shows you are not interested or have no imagination.

10. Accepting a salary offer on the spot. Be ready with what you will be happy with and your minimum acceptable rate. At the very least, ask for a day to think things over.

Job application mistakes can cost one the interview and position. Be prepared. Cover all bases with TalkShop’s Job Interview Skills. This interactive program helps one breeze through the interview with the skills and confidence to land a dream job.

www.talkshop.ph | (632) 894 5588 | “Job Interview Skills, Personality Development & Makeover, Social Graces & Fine Dining Skills”

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Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO and Director of Communication finished her bachelor degree in Literature, masters in Entrepreneurship, and doctorate in Applied Cosmic Anthropology. She designed the Philippines' Language Competency Benchmark for the Department of Education and pioneered Integrated Language Teaching (ILT) in workshop designs and corporate communication training. You can follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIN, and Google+

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