5 Common Job Search Mistakes to Avoid


As a skilled labourer or blue-collar worker, you have a set of valuable skills and experience to offer prospective employers. Whilst you may be eager to get back to work, it’s important to try and maintain a level head and present yourself in the best possible way. By avoiding these 5 common job search mistakes, you’ll be well on your way to impressing the interviewer and landing your next gig.

We wish you the best of luck in your search, and as always please feel free to get in touch with our recruiters if you would like any assistance in finding a new position.


  1. Failing to Tailor Your Resume/CV

When applying for jobs, it’s a good idea to read up about the company’s history and specific requirements/deliverables for the role. Recruiters and interviewers are not mind readers. You will need to clearly demonstrate your suitability for the position by highlighting past experience, references and any training courses you might have completed.

There could be hundreds of applicants applying for the same role, but by taking a personalised approach your application will be far more likely to progress further.


  1. Only Searching via Online Job Sites

Not all jobs are advertised on the major job sites, and nor is this always the best way to find a job. Instead of spending all your time searching online, you might like to reach out to your colleagues and LinkedIn connections. If their company is hiring, they may be able to offer you a direct introduction to those responsible for hiring decisions.

It’s also a good idea to sign up on our database, as we have many positions waiting to be filled. These positions are not publicly advertised, and we’re always on the look out for skilled workers. 


  1. Applying for Jobs You Aren’t Suited For

Applying for positions which you don’t have any experience with will only result in wasted time. Construction requires specialised skills and knowledge, and not everything can be learned on the job. Many employers now use special software to sort through applications, and if you’ve applied for a job but lack the necessary skill you are unlikely to hear anything back.

Stick to the jobs you know and are qualified for and focus on creating tailored applications. This will give you the best possible chance of landing an interview.


  1. Constantly Calling HR/Recruiters/Hiring Managers

Making constant phone calls to those responsible for hiring can make you come off as desperate and needy. Instead, you want to give the impression of being a calm, capable and proactive individual. If you’ve applied for a position and haven’t heard back, it’s best to send a polite follow up email in the first instance.


  1. Applying for Jobs Interstate Without Explaining Your Reasons

Whilst it’s true that some companies may be willing to offer a relocation bonus, this should never be assumed. If you’re applying for jobs interstate, you should always include a statement about why you are looking for a change of scenery. It could be as simple as wanting to experience a new city or be closer to family. The decision maker needs to be confident that you are serious about the move and will see out the role, so make sure you demonstrate genuine interest and commitment.


Advanced Group – Here to Help

Advanced Group are always on the lookout for motivated, skilled workers. We invite you to register on our database so that you can be notified when suitable positions come up. Please submit an enquiry via our website today, we have many exciting and challenging positions waiting to be filled.