At Halloween we all like a good scare; haunted houses, gory costumes and ghost stories are all part of the fun. But when it comes to your job search, we want to make sure there’s nothing scary about it at all!

Below are five things that jobs seekers often do which unintentionally scare away potential employers –


Resurrecting an outdated resume

Most people job search only every few years, sometimes decades can pass before we are on the hunt again! So when the time comes to send out applications, we delve into the deepest darkest crypt in our computer and resurrect an old, outdate resume. Hiring trends changes, resume formatting preferences evolve; take the time to reinvent your resume so that it’ll catch the eye of hiring managers TODAY, not 10 years ago.


Mysteriously showing up late to an interview

Being late to an interview is a red flag, being late with zero explanation or forewarning is a BIG red flag. Don’t be a ghost when it comes to your interview times. There are many unexpected circumstances which can result in someone being late, but it’s courteous to ring ahead to let your interviewer know and explain the delay.


Answering questions like a zombie

Employers are looking for enthusiasm and interest from potential new hires, so providing lifeless responses is a big turn off. Ditch the canned responses and provide tailored answers that show you’ve researched and prepared for the interview.


Having a frightening online presence

Drunken selfies, offensive language, controversial status updates, we’ve seen it all online and it’ll have employers running for the hills! Before you start your job search, make sure you clean up your online presence. Check and recheck your privacy settings, delete anything questionable and ensure only your professional online presence can be found.


Pulling a “Jekyll and Hyde” at offer stage

When it comes to the final offer, some candidates turn from “Dr Jekyll” into “Mr Hyde”. Avoid getting too aggressive during negotiations, especially if the offer is within the range you had previously agreed to. Being unreasonable during negotiations can sour the experience and even result in the offer being rescinded. If you’re using a recruiter, let them be the buffer for negotiations; they’re trained to get the most agreeable win-win without tainting the relationship.


Good luck to all you job seekers out there, and we hope your experience is more treat than trick!


Happy Halloween!