Our Vice President, Diane Nicholas shares five ways that candidates damage themselves during the executive search process.
Changing careers can be exciting, nerve-wracking and empowering. Without noticing, we begin to do everything in our power to reach the next phase in our careers. In my 20 years of experience in the healthcare recruiting industry, I’ve noticed a few common mistakes candidates make that damages their careers.
Applying for a job without reading the description
Job lists are generated based on keywords in your profile or resume. However, that does not mean every job you receive is catered to your qualifications and career desires. Applying for new jobs without reading the description creates a negative impression.
Apply for positions you want to pursue – multiple applications to various roles at the same organization could potentially harm you.
Emailing any recruiter, you find on the internet
In the last three years, I’ve noticed a wave of random resumes emailed to me. Some are from candidates who are not in the healthcare and academic sciences field. Most of our clients are interested in prospects who have worked in the healthcare industry or universities under the science department. Find someone in your industry and reach out to them.
Not taking Skype interviews seriously.
Skype interviews are just as important as face-to-face interviews. Often, candidates feel like they don’t have to be as serious or prepared for a video interview. Treat your Skype interview just as you would a face-to-face interview. For more information on online interviews check out our blog post from the Fall 2018 Executive Interview Tips: How to Ace Your Skype Interview.
Research the company and key executives
Like all important life decisions, you need to prepare for the interview process. It’s a good rule to learn about the company’s previous work, values and mission before heading into an interview. It is also important to learn more about the interviewer’s background and impacts on the company. Do your research before each interview. It shows you are interested in the position and are familiar with the company.
LinkedIn is a valuable resource – utilize it – but don’t substitute it for a resume.
LinkedIn is a social networking platform. Its main purpose is to connect with classmates, colleagues and to build a network that can help you advance in your career. Yes, your resume is embedded into your profile, but by no means should you only email a consultant your LinkedIn page. Connect with your consultant on LinkedIn, but mainly use the platform to stay in touch and share relevant professional content that highlights your interest and skills.
Starting a new chapter in your life is exciting. Use the internet to your advantage and be mindful when you are applying for new positions. Good luck in your search!
Diane Nicholas serves as Vice President at Tyler & Company. Diane currently leads searches for mid-level to senior executives as well as interim placements for our Northeast and Midwest regions.