Top 6 Mistakes Millennials Make on the Job Hunt
NEW YORK ( MainStreet) Believe it or not, highlighting the fact that you were captain of your college's championship Quidditch team on your resume probably isn't going to score you many points with a future employer. Neither is showing so much cleavage in an interview that it distracts every person interviewing you. Unfortunately these types of missteps are commonplace among 20-somethings, the so-called "Millennial" generation.
Getting a job in the current market is hard, particularly if you are just out of college or only have a couple of years' experience. Fortunately, we've consulted with some human resources experts and have come up with a list of some of the top mistakes Millennials while looking for a job so that you can avoid them during your own search.
A Fail-proof First Impression
To start, it's critical that you present the best version of yourself - online and on paper- so that an employee will be interested enough to contact you. Here are some common errors to avoid:
1. Social Media Slip-Ups
Before you even send that first resume out, make sure you clean up your image on social media. That means hiding those spring break pictures or anything else that might make potential employers think twice if they were to see it.
"Google yourself and see what comes up," says Carol Cochran of FlexJobs. "You have to expect, in this day and age, that a prospective employer is going to be looking for your digital footprint."
2. A Less Than Professional Email address
Another important part of projecting a professional image that job seekers sometimes don't think about is their email address. Having an email address like SexyChick1@gmail.com or SmokingHotGuy@verizon.net could be a deal breaker for a future employer. "I would definitely say be careful with your email address," says Sarah Hamilton, Human Resources Manager at Globoforce. "People don't always realize it's something we consider. We had a candidate recently that had a great resume, but when we saw that her e-mail address was really unprofessional, we ended up passing on her."
3. Resume Wrecker: Typos
Experts say they see too many resumes from Millennials that are overly long or are filled with errors.
"Spelling errors it's amazing that people still have spelling errors on their resumes," says Hamilton. "When submitting to a company, your resume should show you've put thought and preparation into writing it errors tell me that you threw it together."
4. Too Much Fluff
Too much 'fluff' such as irrelevant information about high school or college extracurricular activities, among other things, is another resume faux pas that HR managers say they see far too often.