Working on the internet is exciting. As an industry the web is booming, there are more and more jobs working on the web available everyday. But landing a job working in the web isn't as easy as clicking your mouse.
What follows is a list of the most common mistakes job seekers make when pursuing a job in the internet.
Hopefully this will help you avoid the same mistakes yourself.
1. Poor communication skills
This is actually a whole group of mistakes. Some of the more common ones:
Not answering emails in a timely manner.
Using questionable language in email. Things like "I'm sure we can work together :) LOLZ" - had it happen. Remember that you're still talking to a person who wants to hire you. For that reason, being painfully casual doesn't always work.
Not responding to messages through other channels. For example, if you have a LinkedIn profile, expect people to contact you through it.
Not being accessible via Skype. Either for chat or to have a talk. It sends a weird signal that the person doesn't want to have any one-on-one interaction.
What to do: Answer emails quickly, in a professional tone, monitor your other communication channels, keep the communication professional and on topic.
2. Lack of specialization
Online employers usually search for a specific type of experience/knowledge. By devoting yourself to a specialized skill set, you make a better impression when talking to potential employers. The more you know, the less your employer has to invest in your training.
I've observed was that a big number of candidates apply to job offers based on pure chance with no actual knowledge in the area that the job was about. Being confident that you can make it no matter what is a big value, but being an expert in your skill set is an even better one.
What to do: Specialize yourself in specific area. Be an expert.
3. Poor grammar
This is somewhat related to the item #1 - poor communication skills, but it's so crucial that I've decided to mention it separately.
Language is a funny thing. Sometimes, all it takes to make a bad impression is to spell a common word wrong. Or to use their, instead of they're, and so on.
Using poor grammar has a big impact because it makes three things clear:
The person doesn't pay much attention to detail. Otherwise, there wouldn't have been any typos.
The person didn't read their own message before sending it. Otherwise they would have found the errors.
The person doesn't treat the situation seriously enough. Maybe they just don't care enough about the job to send a well-written email?
But the absolute worst thing is that many online jobs require some form of content creation or content management skills. Therefore, by using poor grammar, you effectively undermine your ability to do the job later on.
What to do: Proofread, proofread, proofread.
4. Not researching the employer
Proving that you have some basic info about the employer really goes a long way. Every employer likes to think that the candidate is actively interested in their business and would truly like to be a part of it. So the more you know about the business, the better off you are.
For instance, this: "Can I ask what is it exactly that your business does?" - is an unfortunate question to ask. I know that you naturally want to know this as a potential employee, but it's a classic Google-answerable question.
What to do: Spend time researching the company and make your knowledge apparent to the employer.
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Ayodeji is an expert marketer who specializes in helping people get results via inbound marketing techniques. He's the founder and CEO of Effective Inbound Marketing.