Job applicants are finding it a little easier in the labor market today, according to the recent records of unemployment rate. As of April, the unemployment rate in the US was as low as 3.9%, according to the Bureau of Labour Statistics, and the figure is apparently heading lower following reports from the past few months. This simply means more response to job applications and getting a job easier than it ever has been.

With the need for talent hunt and retention growing bigger for employers, branding and hiring requirements have taken fiercer strides on the opposite direction, while workers, in many cases, enjoy the opportunity to build their careers better.

However, this appealing scenario for job applicants is not completely a guarantee to land every job or join any company they want. The red flags below would not only keep you from getting a job you really want but has the potential to reduce your general employability, in some cases.

1. Not showing up for an interview

Following the lucrative labor market for job applicants, you may receive multiple interview invitations. And you may have gotten a better offer before the invitations or in position to choose the one(s) you should attend. Please do not ignore any of the interviews if any of this happens to you. Remember you have the option to cancel the interview if you cannot attend.

Ghosting an interview is really a terrible idea. While it doesn’t send a good representation of you, there are chances of meeting the recruiter, hiring firm or manager in another company. You’d be gambling a long-term damage to your career if you ghost an interview. The labor market looks really large but very small practically.

2. Never badmouth a past or current employer

Employers are aware of what business means; they could hire or lose crucial team players at any time, including you. Saying bad things about your current or past employer will not score any good for you, it can scare new employers away.

While you may not have enjoyed working with the company, retain the positive sides and avoid direct criticism, even if the interviewer is trying to push such words from you. It’s ideal to state that you left because you didn’t see any advancement opportunity or your current position doesn’t match with how much you have developed.

3. Avoid lying on your resume

Aside from the words to avoid on your resume, you should also desist from lying on your resume. People were able to get away with lying on resume before now due to the level of technology available then – it’s a digital era now, every information is virtually available anywhere. It’s a bad deal if an employer finds out, even after you’re hired. It’s a serious damage to your career and in some cases, could be a hindrance in getting a job in the future.

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