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Things to avoid when looking for a New Position

Updated: Feb 5, 2020

Job hunting with little success can be very frustrating – but Mac Recruit Group have some suggestions to overcome the most common mistakes made when looking for a new job.

Informative CV and Cover Letters

Informative and concise CV’s are vital to getting the job, but the most common mistakes that are always noticed in CV’s are typos – suggesting that candidates pay little attention to detail, which can often put recruiters off. You might have spent hours adding everything you can to sell yourself on your CV, but typos can easily be missed.

Continuously reading over and over a document you can often miss these mistakes – as you know what you intended to write. The best way to avoid silly mistakes is by asking friends to have a look over your CV - online tools are also available to help proof reading.

Avoiding abbreviations in your CV is vital, as it can sound informal and diminish your overall professionalism. Also, some employers may look at your social media pages so you should avoid posting negative or controversial comments - to make the best impression.

Creative CV’s really stand out and set you apart from the rest of the applicants. People often feel a generic CV is the way forward; where you can put less time into the CV allowing you to apply to more jobs in a short space of time. However, it is important to alter your CV and skills depending on the job – so preparation is key.

Female candidate writing a Curriculum Vitae

Prepare for interviews

Interviews are a vital aspect in the recruitment process, so you need to be prepared to answer any questions they may have. The interview is your chance to sell yourself, as at this stage the employers will decide if you fit the job description.


You must conduct relevant company research before your interview. This will help you answer most of the interview questions and illustrate you have conducted additional research – setting you apart from the other candidates. Researching the company and preparing answers to common interview questions will put you a step ahead from your other candidates. Moreover, it is crucial that you turn up to your interview on time – punctuality is a key factor to any employer, and it can put them off if you turn late and will demonstrate a lack of reliability.

HR Managers analysing candidate CV

Use a Recruitment Agency

The best advice is to use the help that is available to you – you don’t need to do it all by yourself. To get a job based on your exact skill set we advise engaging with a recruitment agency, like ourselves to put you forward for a new opportunity. With greater knowledge of the industry, a recruitment consultant has access to various jobs based on your skills. We can also offer you with support, advice and help with visa and on boarding process.

Mac Recruit Group

Our international reach and specific sectors suggest that we can secure your next position – based on your requirements. We have over 50 years’ experience in the recruitment industry, with recruiters specialising in our two key sectors – Energy & Education. Please register your CV with us today for your next role.

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