Career Confessions: common job application mistakes

Career Confessions: common job application mistakes

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What are some of the mistakes you’ve
seen job applicants make in a job application? So, at a different University
that I was working at a student came to me with a question and a problem that
he had which was really interesting. He had applied for a job at a bank, one of
the big banks in Australia and in order to give that job he felt that he needed
to add some experience to his resume. So, he fabricated an entire job on his
resume, a complete lie and he got the job. They didn’t check his reference for
that particular job so he was in a way kind of lucky he got away with it. But
then after about six months in that job he got a promotion to another job in
the bank and this particular job had a kind of a security element to it so they
went back to his original application and then they did the reference checking
six months after he originally got the job and of course he was found out so he
was fired straight away and essentially blacklisted from working in any other
bank in Australia because that was something that was going to follow him
around. People do have memories and they do talk, and so he was coming to me to see what he could do to overcome it and I really had nothing to tell him. So, I’m not sure what happened to him but
he’s probably still paying for that mistake. One of the common mistakes is to adopt to one-size-fits-all approach for resumes, and for applicants not to tailor their resume and their cover letter to
the particular job that they’re applying for. With graduate applications a
classic mistake is that you’ve used the same cover letter and the same CV for
every employer. We would have automatically cut out anyone who had
mentioned a different employer name and it was clear that they weren’t even
aware who they were sending their application to, let alone had they done
any research about us and it was very critical for us with the employer I was
with at the time about whether they had done any research about the industry we
operated in and about us and it was all over the web we were one Google click
away from being able to do that.

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