Conducting a job search right now while the marketplace is still uncertain can make you second guess your efforts. Looking for employment in the best of times takes focus combined with knowing the types of activities to avoid and the ones to keep.
Learning how to job search is an important skill that you’ll use throughout your career regardless of marketplace conditions. Without understanding the skills required to assess opportunities and broaden your knowledge, you could be in for a longer job search.
There are numerous moving parts that make up a good job search but there are four areas that tend to create the most mistakes that keep you from landing a good job. Regardless of your work experience, it’s easy to fall into these areas if not careful.
Mistake #1 – Job candidates often rely too heavily on job postings. This doesn’t imply you should avoid job postings; in fact, you should apply to positions that interest you. It is the reliance on job postings that creates the mistake. Here’s the problem with depending too heavily on posted jobs – most of your time is spent on relinquishing control of your search by placing the responsibility of your next career in the hands of others.
Balance how much time you are spending on job postings. If you want to accelerate your search, focus more of your time on making connections through talking with people, updating your skills or going back to school. You can avoid this mistake by broadening the social aspect of your search.
Mistake #2 – Job candidates truly struggle with identifying what they want to do with their career. Staying indecisive creates missed opportunities for developing rapport and gathering information. If you lack clarity in describing your interests and career goals, others could misdirect you to opportunities that are not a good match for your background. In addition, it is difficult for others to help when you aren’t clear with your communication.
Keeping a broad search field without narrowing down your interest can keep you overwhelmed and confused. You can avoid this mistake by spending time on developing a goal and creating a targeted search with a clear message of how others can help you.
Mistake #3 – Job candidates often have an unrealistic view of their resumes. Writing just one resume will not fill all your job search needs rather your resume is a marketing sheet that highlights your contributions and distinguishes you from others. It is important to have a strong resume, but keep in mind that Job search stress often manifests itself in getting overly obsessed with one tool.
Spending your efforts in writing and rewriting the perfect resume version takes away valuable time that could be spent connecting with others. You can avoid this mistake by keeping a realistic view of your resume, it’s one tool that needs to be adaptable and fluid for different opportunities. Develop a strong resume and then use it.
Mistake #4 – Job candidates go on interviews without taking the time to research the employer or understand the position. You might be surprised at the number of unprepared job candidates who miss out on employment opportunities. When you are invited to an interview, it’s your time to make the best impression. Going to an interview halfheartedly will not send the perception needed for a job offer.
When you forgo research, you miss the chance to test whether your experience, skills and values are a good match for the position. You can avoid this mistake by preparing for the interview, conducting due diligence and researching the job position.
These four areas are not the only mistakes that can cause you to miss out on job opportunities but if you keep these in mind your search will be more successful.
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