6 Mistakes to Avoid During Your Job Search


Let’s face it! A job search can be a lengthy and time-consuming process. The reward can be be your dream job which will make your efforts well worth it. But in the meantime, you need to be sure that you avoid the mistakes that can sabotage you from obtaining the results you are trying to achieve.

Do you stick only to the top name job boards or portals? If yes, you are denying your chances of getting into specialized positions. Specialized groups or non-enterprise companies often steer clear of top names. Choose your resume posting based on the kind of recruiters that visit a given job board.

If you are getting a peer or a consultant to do your job search to the level of making contact with a prospective employer – stop doing this now. You can get help to the level of someone gathering job order description or information for you. You make connect – use the opportunity to create an impression.

Do you treat your resume like a promotional mailer? Distribute it all over the place or get a group email ID and broadcast? This means (1) Your cover letter or your resume is not customized for the job order in hand – Resume customization in lieu of arranging the skill sets for the given job order. (2) You do not follow up; there are employers who seek to measure your interest with the follow up method that you adopt. Plus your prospective employer or their job consultant knows that you are hunting around, which will reduce your market value.

Another aspect of mindless blasting is clicking the APPLY FOR THIS JOB button wherever you see it. When you submit your resume to a job where you do not have minimum qualifications – and you have a reason to doing so – make an offline connect.

75% of email traffic received by a generic email address such as careers@bestemployer.com is junk. If you rely only on email to get your next job – forget it. Your resume is probably in the junk folder.

Do not write a tell tale resume with private information. We’ve heard enough and more about misuse of private information. Another aspect of privacy – using Internet at work to coordinate your job search. As a  general practice, this should not be done – even during your breaks.   Instead, if you do get an opportunity during the day, go to a coffee shop or bookstore.  Today, most places offer complimentary internet access for use.

You do not want to rely entirely on the internet for your job search. You do not want to deny the abundance of information that is available on the internet either. Depending on your skills and where you want to be working next, see if your target employers and their head hunters are attending networking functions and niche affiliate group meetings.

An email address such as kewldude800@xyz.com is not a great identification. Also see what your social networking page is saying about you – from the eyes of a headhunter, hiring manager or recruiter. What you think is cool may not be viewed favorably or professional.  As a a general rule, use your name for your email address (e.g. john smith@gmail.com) and be mindful of the photos, posts, comments, and opinions you choose to share on your social media accounts.

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