How do you salvage mistakes made while jobseeking?
Don’t panic, all is not lost.
You may be able to recover from the mistake
Looking for a job is stressful for even the most prepared career seeker. Often the pressure of making the perfect first impression combined with the Murphy’s Law-aspect of life results in mistakes. Here are four ways to make amends after your job-seeking errors.
- Finding an error in your resume after you have sent it. There is nothing more frustrating than running through the resume that you have just submitted and finding a mistake. If you think that it has been proof read, think again and run through it one more time. If you have a someone that you trust, ask them to proof read it for you, it is easier for them to read and spot mistakes as they will not skip read. Resubmitting the resume with the words “please find my updated resume” is a good way to salvage the situation and get the corrected document back into the hands of the recruiter or hiring manager without having to admit to a mistake in the previous one. Often the mistake will go unnoticed as only the latest version will be reviewed by the hiring team.
- Poor signal during your interview. Phone connection issues occur to job seekers and recruiters alike. WE have covered the preparation for these interviews in an earlier article here. However, bad calls do happen and as a result usually mean a poor interview. A poor connection does not need to result in a lack of professionalism. Confirm with the interviewer that the connection is not good and ask if there is another way to contact them. A quick response is a good way to salvage the interview.
- Running late to an interview. It happens. Obviously there are steps that should be taken to ensure that the likelihood of being late is low, but it can happen. It is better if it doesn’t, but tardiness is an unfortunate part of being a busy (or ill prepared) job seeker. There are 2 steps to take should you find yourself running late:
- Get a message to the interviewer. Make sure that you have with you the necessary contact details to get a message through that you are running behind schedule.
- Ask if your delay will still work for the interviewer. You might be added to the end of the interviewing session or even rescheduled to an alternate time, however failing to show thought and consideration will always reflect badly
- Forgetting to send a thank you as a follow up. After any sort of meeting be it phone, Skype or a direct interview, it is a good courtesy as the interviewee that you send a note to the interviewer thanking them for their time. With the many different contacts methods available, there is no excuse for not spending the time to complete this vital task. It would be a shame to ruin a good interview and meeting with the failure to acknowledge the interviewers time.
Although for many, this is not a standard practice, you might find yourself surprised and without an offer if your interviewer is one who views this final step as an essential part of the process. Even if you remember days later, you should still send the thank you and confirm your interest in the job.
In summary, errors and mistakes can happen while jobseeking. A quick, short and honest response will often salvage the situation and show that you are considerate of peoples time and that you are a professional.