Making a mistake when it comes to your job search can be costly. But often job seekers are making mistakes, and they are unaware of what they are doing. Here is a list of the five biggest mistakes that job seekers often make:
Mistake #1: Not staying abreast of the job market. It’s a good idea to read the pulse of the job market periodically so that you know what is going on. As an executive career coach I advise my clients to read vacancy announcements when they are already employed so that they will know what employers are looking for. No one can afford to stagnate in terms of their skill set. What could be worse than being suddenly laid off only to find that your skill set is obsolete?
Mistake #2: Not keeping a record of accomplishments as you go from position to position. It is a best practice to maintain a personal file outside of your office where you store information about your accomplishments. You are not likely to remember in detail what you did in a job that you held 8 or 10 years ago. You will need this information to write a strong and effective resume. Instead of relying on your memory, keep a record of your accomplishments. But don’t store it on the computer at work.
Mistake #3: Over-relying on one method of job search. Many job hunters make the mistake of searching for jobs online as their only job search method. But job boards are quickly becoming passé, and many recruiters are turning to social media to find qualified candidates. Executives need to be fluent in social media in order to be found by recruiters who are looking for candidates with their skill sets.
Mistake #4: Having no job search plan. Most job seekers do not strategically plan for their job searches. A scatter gun approach to the job search process does not yield very good results. Mapping out how you are going to approach your job search in a systematic way will clarify for you how you are going to achieve your goals.
Mistake #5: Not monitoring your online reputation. Executive recruiters regularly search the Internet for additional information on candidates. “In a(n) . . . ExecuNet survey about reputation management and Internet presence, 86 percent of executive recruiters say they routinely scour online sources for information that goes beyond a candidate’s résumé. Nearly 7-in-10 search firm consultants say that executive job candidates’ prospects improve when positive information is found online.” (Executive Job Market Intelligence Report from ExecuNet)
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